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Adding Predictability to the Carbon Market

Salt marshes are a hot but unpredictable commodity in the carbon market.

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New Era at UT Austin Begins for Famous Long-Term Evolution Experiment

The Long-Term Evolution Experiment, one of the most famous in all of science, is now running on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Bringing Developmental Biology to South Texas

John Wallingford has taught developmental biology to students at two of the country's most highly prestigious and competitive institutions, and now he and Rudi Bohm...

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Delays in Contact Tracing Impeded Early COVID-19 Containment, Researchers Find

Contact tracing programs that aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19 hit snags due to an average five-day delay between identifying a case and isolating...

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Young Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults Have Worse Mental Health than Older Ones

Younger LGBQ adults are physically healthier, but have worse psychological health than older LGBQ people, study finds.

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Wide View of Early Universe Hints at Galaxy Among the Earliest Ever Detected

Two new images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope show what may be among the earliest galaxies ever observed.

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Scientists Encode “Wizard of Oz” in a Vanishingly Small Plastic

Can complex data be hidden inside chemical structures?

An illustration with chemistry beaker on the left, encryption key in the middle and copy of Wizard of Oz on the right.

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Scientists Hijack Bacteria To Ease Drug Manufacturing

A new biosensor technique brings us one step closer to growing our drugs.

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From Knots to Fluids to Extra Dimensions, Experts Weigh in on Mathematical Challenges

Two knots are concordant if they can be connected with a type of four-dimensional cylinder. Image by Kristina Armitage/Quanta Magazine

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Virus Discovery Offers Clues About Origins of Complex Life

The first discovery of viruses infecting a group of microbes that may include the ancestors of all complex life has been found.

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