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Posts highlighting some of the many articles mentioning College of Natural Sciences faculty and students in the media.

How to Make Better Random Numbers

How to Make Better Random Numbers

University of Texas at Austin computer scientist David Zuckerman has published an article in ​The Conversation​ explaining the importance of random numbers and his new algorithm for generating high quality random numbers from low quality sources.

Iran Releases Former UT Physicist

Iran Releases Former UT Physicist

​Iranian authorities released Omid Kokabee, former doctoral student in physics at The University of Texas at Austin, on Monday after more than five years of imprisonment according to reports by multiple outlets including the Associated Press.

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Flies Captured on Video Turning Fire Ants Into Zombies

Flies Captured on Video Turning Fire Ants Into Zombies

A parasitoid phorid fly. Image courtesy PBS.

​The skillful and ghoulish attack of parasitoid phorid flies on fire ants, filmed at the Brackenridge Field Lab, was recently featured in the PBS nature documentary, Supernature - Wild Flyers.

Alum’s Revolutionary Discovery Is Changing Cancer Treatment

Alum’s Revolutionary Discovery Is Changing Cancer Treatment

James P. Allison (B.A. '69, Ph.D. '73) was a key source for a groundbreaking series of stories in the New York Times about immunotherapy cancer treatment.

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Physics, Fracking, Fuel and the Future

Physics, Fracking, Fuel and the Future

​Physicists have a vital role to play in shaping the future of energy production and consumption, says Michael Marder, professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin, in the cover story of Physics Today​.

World's Largest Computer-Generated Math Proof

World's Largest Computer-Generated Math Proof

Computer scientist Marijn Heule and his colleagues have solved a decades-old math challenge known as the boolean Pythagorean Triples problem (BPTP) and, in the process, created the largest mathematical proof ever, at a whopping 200 terabytes.

No Correlation Between Ride-Sharing Services and DWI in Austin

No Correlation Between Ride-Sharing Services and DWI in Austin

​Matt Hersh, a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, recently applied some statistical science to the contentious debate over the impact of ridesharing in Austin.

Students Develop Apps to Help Detect Skin Cancer

Students Develop Apps to Help Detect Skin Cancer

​Rachel Graubard and Vatsal Shah, both alumni of the Freshman Research Initiative's DIY Diagnostics stream, have created two apps which could help patients detect skin cancer at home. 

Radio Doc Features Research and Outreach at McDonald Observatory

Radio Doc Features Research and Outreach at McDonald Observatory

A radio documentary about The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory has garnered KRTS, or Marfa Public Radio, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for documentary news.

Scientists Develop Mosquito-Killing Algae

Scientists Develop Mosquito-Killing Algae

David Herrin, University of Texas at Austin professor of molecular biosciences, led a team of researchers which has developed algae that produce chemicals toxic to disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

Data About LGBT Students Could Help Address Harassment and Bullying

Data About LGBT Students Could Help Address Harassment and Bullying

​Collecting data about school discipline encounters involving LGBT students could help policymakers and educators create a safe learning environment for LGBT teens, suggests a new research brief co-authored by Stephen Russell, Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at UT Austin, in collaboration with the Equity Project at Indiana University. 

In Case You Missed It: The Hook Covers CNS Research

In Case You Missed It: The Hook Covers CNS Research

The Hook, a weekly video series by the Texas Exes alumni association, has covered three CNS research stories in the past couple of months. ​The research spotlights feature scientists from diverse areas such as computer science and marine biology.

Pi Pops Up Where You Don’t Expect It

Pi Pops Up Where You Don’t Expect It

​Why do we celebrate Pi, the world's most famous number, every year on Pi Day? Finding the exact value of Pi has fascinated people since ancient times and mathematicians have calculated the irrational number out to more than 13 trillion digits. Lorenzo Sadun, professor of mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin, explains on The Conversation why this number captivates us and how it appears in many unexpected places.

Researchers Try To Develop Zika Detection, Understand Epidemiology

Researchers Try To Develop Zika Detection, Understand Epidemiology

​Undergraduate researchers in UT Austin's Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) join the effort to develop a readily available test for the newly spreading Zika virus. 

Gravitational Waves Discovery Has Deep UT Connections

Gravitational Waves Discovery Has Deep UT Connections

The recent detection of gravitational waves at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which is partially led by executive director and University of Texas at Austin alumnus David Reitze, has even deeper roots at UT Austin.