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Researchers Discover a New Way Fish Camouflage Themselves in the Ocean

Researchers Discover a New Way Fish Camouflage Themselves in the Ocean

Fish can hide in the open ocean by manipulating how light reflects off their skin, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. The discovery could someday lead to the development of new camouflage materials for use in the ocean, and it overturns 40 years of conventional wisdom about fish camouflage.
Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants

Residents of invaded areas say "we want our fire ants back."

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scavengers may not play as key a role in spreading anthrax disease through wildlife populations as previously assumed.
Rock Snot Genomics

Rock Snot Genomics

University of Texas researchers use advanced sequencing and TACC's Ranger supercomputer to uncover origin of common algae.

Novel Method Reveals Diet of Endangered Barton Springs Salamander

Novel Method Reveals Diet of Endangered Barton Springs Salamander

The Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum) in Eliza Spring. Image courtesy of Hayley Gillespie. AUSTIN, Texas — Using a novel technique that is less invasive, less lethal, and more informative than traditional methods, an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin has identified what prey the endangered Barton Springs Salamander chooses to ea...
Biologist Camille Parmesan Named 2013 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Biologist Camille Parmesan Named 2013 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Parmesan receives honor for her work studying the impacts of climate change on wildlife.
Virus Caught in the Act of Infecting a Cell

Virus Caught in the Act of Infecting a Cell

The detailed changes in the structure of a virus as it infects an E. coli bacterium have been observed for the first time.

Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement and More Floral Diversity

Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement and More Floral Diversity

AUSTIN, Texas — Landscapes with large amounts of paved roads and impervious construction have lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, a study from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley shows.

The Emerging Revolution in Game Theory

The Emerging Revolution in Game Theory

The discovery of a winning strategy for Prisoner's Dilemma is forcing game theorists to rethink their discipline.

Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

With a grant from the NSF's Plant Genome Research Program, Bob Jansen is applying next-generation DNA sequencing methods to better understand why the geranium has evolved to be so radically different from other plants.

Tracing Bevo: Graduate Student Studies Ancestry of Texas Longhorns

Tracing Bevo: Graduate Student Studies Ancestry of Texas Longhorns

Evolution, ecology and behavior grad student Emily McTavish faces off with a Texas Longhorn.
Research on Singing Mouse Seeks to Understand the Language Gene

Research on Singing Mouse Seeks to Understand the Language Gene

Steven Phelps studies singing mice to gain insights into the genes that contribute to the unique singing behavior—information that could help scientists understand and identify genes that affect language in humans.

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Tom Juenger has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.
Vertebrates Share Ancient Neural Circuitry for Complex Social Behaviors, Biologists Find

Vertebrates Share Ancient Neural Circuitry for Complex Social Behaviors, Biologists Find

Humans, fish and frogs share neural circuits responsible for a diversity of social behavior, from flashy mating displays to aggression and monogamy, that have existed for more than 450 million years.

Today's Environment Influences Behavior Generations Later

Descendants of exposed rats are more anxious, more sensitive to stress, and have greater activity in stress-related regions of the brain than descendants of unexposed rats.