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Webb Telescope Detects Most Distant Active Supermassive Black Hole

At about 9 solar masses, this black hole is a real lightweight compared to previously seen ones in the early universe that are typically 1...

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New Technique Reveals Protein Production in Early Embryos

The earliest stages of developing life have been, in many ways, a black box for researchers before now.

Microscope image of a blastoid, a model of an early embryo


Scientists use Exotic Stars to Tune into Hum from Cosmic Symphony

A team of astrophysicists has found evidence for gravitational waves that oscillate with periods of years to decades.

An illustration depicts colliding black holes causing waves in spacetime

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Muñoz Named Among Science News’ SN 10 List of Scientists to Watch

The scientist developed a ruler with the power to size up the early university and shed light on the cosmic dawn.

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New Era of Exoplanet Discovery Begins with Images of ‘Jupiter’s Younger Sibling’

Astrometry uses the shift in a star’s position on the sky relative to other stars to infer the existence of orbiting planets.

In this side-by-side comparison of two telescope images, a white dot on a blue background changes position as it orbits around a central star symbol


‘We’re All Asgardians’: New Clues about the Origin of Complex Life

All complex life, a.k.a. eukaryotes, trace their roots to a common Asgard archaean ancestor.

An evolutionary tree shows how eukaryotes are related to Asgard archaea


New Material Transforms Light, Creating New Possibilities for Sensors

A group of scientists and engineers that includes researchers from The University of Texas at Austin has created a new class of materials that can...

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Giant Tails of Helium Observed Escaping Jupiter-Like Planet

Astronomers used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at the McDonald Observatory to discover some of the longest tails of gas yet observed escaping a planet.

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Williamson and York Receive Fulbright Awards

The  Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

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Vulnerable Neighborhoods Bore Brunt of Pandemic Well into its Second Year

A study in PLOS Computational Biology from University of Texas at Austin epidemiologists examined COVID infection and hospitalization rates by zip code.

A map of Travis County shows different Zip codes in different colors against a grid. Lines intersect higher and lower income areas.