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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.

Two Young Math Faculty Win International Prizes

Lexing Ying awarded the Feng Kang Prize from the Chinese Academy of Science and Alessio Figalli awarded the Peccot-Vimont Prize 2011 of the College de France.
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.

Astronomers Discover Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft

Astronomers Discover Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft

A team of researchers has used NASA's Kepler space telescope to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other.

Marine Scientists Awarded $5.6 Million for Study of Critical Arctic Environment

Marine Scientists Awarded $5.6 Million for Study of Critical Arctic Environment

The grant will allow for extensive study of the Hanna Shoal area in the Chukchi Sea, an area valued highly by the oil industry for offshore drilling.

Tagged by Fukushima

Tagged by Fukushima

Before beginning my usual irreverence, let me just say that one of the great stories of modern bravery was that of the workers who stayed on at Fukushima nuclear power plant, isolated, surrounded by death, and did their jobs.

Cécile DeWitt-Morette Named Officer in French Legion of Honor

Cécile DeWitt-Morette Named Officer in French Legion of Honor

Physicist Cécile DeWitt-Morette has been promoted to the rank of Officer in the French Legion of Honor.

UT Austin Villa Wins World RoboCup Championships

UT Austin Villa Wins World RoboCup Championships

UT Austin Villa has won the 2011 RoboCupSoccer championships in the 3-D simulation division.
Amazonian Amphibian Diversity Traced to Andes

Amazonian Amphibian Diversity Traced to Andes

AUSTIN, Texas — Colorful poison frogs in the Amazon owe their great diversity to ancestors that leapt into the region from the Andes Mountains several times during the last 10 million years, a new study from The University of Texas at Austin suggests. This is the first study to show that the Andes have been a major source of diversity for the Amaz...

Galactic Luminaries to Converge on University of Texas Tuesday

AUSTIN, Texas — More than 130 astronomers from nearly a dozen countries and more than 30 institutions will meet in Austin next week to brainstorm about the evolution of galaxies — those vast cities of billions of stars that are the “bricks” making up the cosmos — and the mysterious “dark matter” that is their largest component. The conference, cal...