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Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

Chagas Disease May Be a Threat in South Texas, Says Researcher

Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin.
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.

Texas Leafcutter Ants Aided, But Also Limited, By Cold Tolerant Fungus Crops, Research Shows

Texas leafcutter ants farm crops of fungus that evolved cold tolerance to Texas winters, just as northern farmers cultivate cold weather crops.

The Texas Shaman

Dr. Dionicio Siegel, Texas Shaman Congrats to Dio Siegel for winning a 2011 Dreyfus Special Grant in Chemical Sciences. His proposal was titled “Texas Shamans, a Study of Chemistry and Conservation of Native Texas Plants” and the 2-year award also comes with matching funds from UT Austin. I wrote about Siegel and his shamanic tendencies twice in ...

Sleepless Honey Bees Miscommunicate, Too, Research Shows

In the busy world of a honey bee hive, worker bees need their rest in order to best communicate the location of food to their hive mates.

Plants ‘Remember’ Winter To Bloom In Spring With Help of Special Molecule

Many flowering plants bloom in bursts of color in spring after long periods of cold in the winter, and biologists have discovered how the plants know they've experienced the cold.
New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

A new species of dinosaur discovered in Arizona suggests dinosaurs did not spread throughout the world by overpowering other species, but by taking advantage of a natural catastrophe that wiped out their competitors.

Electric Fish Plug In to Communicate

Electric Fish Plug In to Communicate

Just as people plug in to computers, smart phones and electric outlets to communicate, electric fish communicate by quickly plugging special channels into their cells to generate electrical impulses, neurobiologists have discovered.

Bat Love Songs Decoded

Bat Love Songs Decoded

It might not sound like crooners singing about love on the radio, but bats sing love songs to each other too, say researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University who are believed to be the first to decode the mysterious sounds made by the winged creatures.

Most Extensive Genetic Resource For Reef-Building Coral Created

Most Extensive Genetic Resource For Reef-Building Coral Created

AUSTIN, Texas — A nearly complete collection of genes for a species of reef-building coral has been assembled by a team led by biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. The scientists will use the genetic data to understand natural variations in corals from around the world and how they respond, at the genetic level, to rising water tempe...