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Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin

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Can Robots and Humans Co-exist in Public? UT Campus Study Will Offer Answers

Autonomous robots will soon rove the buildings and streets of The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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‘Smart Plastic’ Material is Step Forward Toward Soft, Flexible Robotics and Electronics

New plastic has rigid and stretchy sections inspired by living things.

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Department of Energy Selects Timothy Liao for Graduate Student Research Program

UT Austin's Timothy Liao has been selected to participate in a research program where he will develop computational tools for material design and discovery.

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Seven Natural Sciences Faculty Receive NSF CAREER Awards

Learn about faculty members from UT Austin's College of Natural Sciences who have been awarded CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation.

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7 Insights About Aging from College of Natural Sciences Researchers

In honor of International Day of Older Persons, learn about insights from UT Austin researchers related to aging and older individuals.



New Research Advances Fight Against Human Metapneumovirus

New findings could lead to a vaccine for one more respiratory virus.

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Cognitive Impairment in Hispanic Adults Linked to Discrimination Experiences

Experiences with discrimination may be linked with disproportionate rates of cognitive decline in marginalized populations.

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Potential New Drug Target Could Boost Effectiveness of Chemotherapy Drugs

A large family of reverse transcriptases (RTs) could inspire new drugs to improve cancer treatments

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These Tiny Coral Reef Fish Parents Decide When Their Embryos Hatch

Leaving the comfort and safety of home to explore the world is a difficult decision. However, in a tiny coral reef fish called a neon...

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Computer Science Professor Looks to Improve Accessible Technologies

Learn more about Amy Pavel's contributions to computer science and her decision to join UT Austin.

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