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From the College of Natural Sciences

Fueled by the Sun: Mimicking Plants

Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil.

Podcast: Tough Talk on the Hard Science of Climate Change

Ray Orbach, director of the Energy Institute, breaks down the science, and the politics of the science, on climate change.
Beneath Two Meters of Arctic Ice, Texas Scientists Will Seek Better Understanding of Carbon Cycling and Climate

Beneath Two Meters of Arctic Ice, Texas Scientists Will Seek Better Understanding of Carbon Cycling and Climate

Marine scientists will study coastal ecosystems in the Arctic throughout the year through a $1 million NSF grant.

Electron Switch Between Molecules Points Way To New High-Powered Organic Batteries

Electron Switch Between Molecules Points Way To New High-Powered Organic Batteries

The development of new organic batteries—lightweight energy storage devices that work without the need for toxic heavy metals—has a brighter future now that chemists have discovered a new way to pass electrons back and forth between two molecules.

Improving Cotton the Goal of $3.8 Million Grant to Plant Geneticist

Jeff Chen will use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to study the genomics of fiber production in cotton with a $3.8 million grant from the NSF.

Department of Energy Fellowship Provides Support for Grad Student

College of Natural Sciences graduate student Cory Nelson has received a fellowship as part of a new U.S. Department of Energy program.

Two Natural Scientists Among Recipients of Latest Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards

Energy and disease the focus of research for chemist Graeme Henkelman and computer scientist Inderjit Dhillon.

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research

Conventional solar cell efficiency could be increased from the current limit of 30 percent to more than 60 percent, suggests new research on quantum dots led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu.

Biologists Use Bacteria from Hot Springs to Reveal Clues To Evolution of Early Life and To Unlock Biofuels’ Potential

Biologists Use Bacteria from Hot Springs to Reveal Clues To Evolution of Early Life and To Unlock Biofuels’ Potential

A bacteria that lives in hot springs in Japan may help solve one of the mysteries of the early evolution of complex organisms, according to a study just published in PLoS Biology.

Marine Science Institute Receives $595,626 to Study Mission-Aransas NERR Nutrients

Goal of project is to describe where and how nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, enter and leave the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and how nutrients are used and reused in the NERR.