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Nuclear Waste-Burning Technology Could Change the Face of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Waste-Burning Technology Could Change the Face of Nuclear Energy

Physicists awarded a U.S. patent for an invention that could someday be used to turn nuclear waste into fuel, thus removing the most dangerous forms of waste from the fuel cycle.

World’s Smallest Semiconductor Laser Created by Physicists

World’s Smallest Semiconductor Laser Created by Physicists

The breakthrough could lead to the development of photonic technologies in computing and medicine that are faster and smaller than current electronics.

Physics Research Leads to Goldwater Scholarship for CNS senior

Physics Research Leads to Goldwater Scholarship for CNS senior

Will Berdanier shares his excitement about being named a Goldwater Scholar.

Physicist Honored for Teaching Excellence

Physicist Honored for Teaching Excellence

Mike Downer, professor of physics, has received the Piper Award for excellence in teaching.
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Vernita Gordon Awarded Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program

Vernita Gordon Awarded Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program

Biophysicist studies how cells self-assemble into 3-D spatially organized structures.

After a 30-Year Wait, Texas Scientists’ Instrument Blasts Into Space

After a 30-Year Wait, Texas Scientists’ Instrument Blasts Into Space

ESA's Vega rocket launched a satellite in orbit that supports an experiment proposed by UT scientists in the mid-1980s.

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The Graphic Novelized Life of Richard Feynman

The Graphic Novelized Life of Richard Feynman

In this special edition of the Life Science Library’s Science Study Break series, nuclear engineer, librarian, and comics writer Jim Ottaviani discusses his graphic novel biography of the Nobel Prize-winning nuclear physicist Richard Feynman.

Dr. Fink's Little Black Box

Dr. Fink's Little Black Box

Physicist Manfred Fink has built a stripped down Raman Spectrometer that can cheaply test for earthquakes, lung cancer and lactose intolerance.

Cécile DeWitt-Morette Named Officer in French Legion of Honor

Cécile DeWitt-Morette Named Officer in French Legion of Honor

Physicist Cécile DeWitt-Morette has been promoted to the rank of Officer in the French Legion of Honor.

Building Your Own Spin Zone

When Professor Alex de Lozanne was a boy he made things with Tinker Toys, went on to a mechanical version of Tinker Toys and just kept on tinkering. Even as a physicist at The University of Texas at Austin, he’s built instruments used in his laboratory. For his latest project, de Lozanne and members of his lab are building a spin-polarized scanni...

Podcast: Tough Talk on the Hard Science of Climate Change

Ray Orbach, director of the Energy Institute, breaks down the science, and the politics of the science, on climate change.

Seeing Dark Matter in the Ice

Buried beneath more than a kilometer of ice in the Antarctic may lie answers, or least insights, into one of the great questions confronting 21st century astrophysics: What is dark matter?

On the Birth of Magnetism in the Universe

On the Birth of Magnetism in the Universe

Physicist Swadesh Mahajan may have identified a mechanism that can explain the origin of magnetic fields in the universe. 

Physicist Sudarshan Awarded Dirac Medal

Texas physicist George Sudarshan will share the 2010 Dirac Medal and Prize for his work on the fundamental forces of nature.

Physicists Prove Einstein Wrong with Observation of Instantaneous Velocity in Brownian Particles

Physicists Prove Einstein Wrong with Observation of Instantaneous Velocity in Brownian Particles

A century after Albert Einstein said we would never be able to observe the instantaneous velocity of tiny particles as they randomly shake and shimmy, so called Brownian motion, physicist Mark Raizen and his group have done so.