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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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Nexus Point: Samuel Factor

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

Can complex data be hidden inside chemical structures?

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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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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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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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