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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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Holy Bat Memory! Frog-Eating Bats Remember Ringtones Years Later

Frog-eating bats trained to associate a phone ringtone with a tasty treat remembered what they learned for up to four years in the wild.

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Attackers Can Syphon Crypto Keys with Newly Discovered Attack

Hertzbleed takes advantage of a thermostat-like mechanism that processors use to run programs as quickly as possible without overheating

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Devleena Samanta Invents Ways to Detect Molecules in Living Cells

Learn more about Devleena Samanta's decision to join UT Austin's Department of Chemistry in fall 2021 and what her research focuses on.

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Jason McLellan Named Finalist for Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

Photo of Dr. McLellan in Sauer Lab at UT Austin

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Legacy of Colonialism Influences Science in the Caribbean

An international collaboration of researchers shows how the legacy of colonialism remains deeply entrenched within scientific practice across the Caribbean.

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How Electric Fish Were Able to Evolve Electric Organs

How small genetic changes enabled electric fish to evolve electric organs.

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Assistant Professor Lief Fenno is Developing New Tools to Treat Addiction

Neuroscientist Lief Fenno of UT Austin partakes in research which advances the understanding of addiction and how it can be treated.

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When Good RNA Turns Bad

Biophysicist Dave Thirumalai and his team developed a computer model that helps explain how certain kinds of RNA molecules can clump together in a way...

Colorful strands of RNA clump up


Supernova Reveals Secrets to Texas-led Team of Astronomers

The discovery improves understanding of the process of how massive stars live and die.

A drawing with labels shows a supernova with arrows shows shock and reverse shock motions

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Live Cell Imaging Reveals New Clues About Processes Linked to Birth Defects

Live cell imaging reveals how a developing embryo transforms from its early ball shape into a more elongated shape with a distinct head and rear.

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