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UT News

Invasive Grass in Texas Uses Chemical Warfare to Crowd Out Native Species

An invasive grass causing havoc in Texas and contributing to wildfires packs a one-two wallop against native plants. Guinea grass uses a combination of crowding...

Researchers in the field examine Guinea grass

Announcements

Texas Science Festival Inspires Texans to Delve into Discovery

Go deep in the heart of science this month and next.

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Research

Urban Gardens Are Good for Ecosystems and Humans

Traditionally, it has been assumed that cultivating food leads to a loss of biodiversity and negative impacts on an ecosystem.

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Research

Loss of Reptiles Poses Threat for Small Islands Where Humans May Have Caused Extinctions

A new study has startling conclusions about how, on smaller islands in the Caribbean where human impact was greatest, extinctions have led to the loss...

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Accolades

Moran to Receive Waksman Award in Microbiology from NAS

Nancy Moran receives the Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology from the National Academy of Sciences.

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Features

Oh Bee-have! UT Scientist’s Book for Children Highlights the Many Facets of Bees

Felicity Muth's fascination with insects from a young age has led her to a career of researching bee cognition and sharing her knowledge with others.

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Features

After Fire Damages Stengl Lost Pines, Scientists Say Discovery Will Rise from the Ashes

More than two-thirds of the Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station (SLP), which was home to forests, savannah, and wildlife inhabitants, burned in a fire.

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Announcements

UT Austin Leads in New Summary of Top “Degrees of the Future”

A new report releases what the nation’s best degrees of the future are.

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Podcast

Neutralizing Crazy Ants

Biologist Edward LeBrun is weaponizing a natural pathogen to use as a biocontrol for tawny crazy ants from South America that have become prevalent in...

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UT News

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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