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Organics in the Balance

Organics in the Balance

A guide to when and how to eat organic, from the college's expert dietitians.

Damselflies and Their Technicolor Dream Coats

Damselflies and Their Technicolor Dream Coats

The Bio Musings video series covers the damselfly research of biology grad student Eben Gering.

Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Pesticides and pollutants are related to an alarming 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China.
Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

An international team of scientists has found that Ecuador's Yasuní National Park, which sits on top of massive reserves of oil, is in the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.

Captive Breeding Could Transform the Saltwater Aquarium Trade and Save Coral Reefs, Marine Biologists Say

Marine biologists at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute are developing means to efficiently breed saltwater aquarium fish, seahorses, plankton and invertebrates in captivity in order to preserve the biologically rich ecosystems of the world's coral reefs.

Marine Science Institute Receives $7 Million Grant to Study the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Marine Science Institute Receives $7 Million Grant to Study the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The grant is the largest in the Marine Science Institute's 70-year history.

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn for Lushness and Weed Resistance

Lawn of Native Grasses Beats Traditional Lawn for Lushness and Weed Resistance

A lawn of regionally native grasses would take less resources to maintain while providing as lush a carpet as a common turfgrass.

Border Fences Pose Threats to Wildlife on U.S.-Mexico Border, Study Shows

Border Fences Pose Threats to Wildlife on U.S.-Mexico Border, Study Shows

Current and proposed border fences pose significant threats to wildlife populations, with those animals living in border regions along the Texas Gulf and California coasts showing some of the greatest vulnerability.
Insight: May 2011

Insight: May 2011

In this issue of Insight, we explore diversity on campus, the science of spanking, the integration of technology into the classroom, and more.
Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Severely Impairs Reproduction In Atlantic Croaker, Researchers Find

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Severely Impairs Reproduction In Atlantic Croaker, Researchers Find

Study, the first of its kind looking at fish reproduction across the large hypoxic region off the coast of Louisiana, shows that croaker produce fewer eggs and sperm.