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Vital Seagrasses in Gulf of Mexico Are Retreating Amid Rapid Sea Level Rise

At the Gulf Coast, rising sea levels are linked to a loss of valuable seagrass habitats in Texas, new research has found.

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Climate Change and Habitat Loss Are Big Factors in Frog Pandemic

The worldwide decline in frog populations is due to a fast-spreading infection, but people also play a role.

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Increased Use of Paxlovid Could Cut Hospitalizations, Deaths and Costs

Epidemiologists found that treating even 20% of symptomatic cases would save lives and improve public health.

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First Brainwide Map Shows How Sex and Intimacy Rewire the Brain

Steven Phelps and his team found 68 brain regions in prairie voles associated with mating and bonding.

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New Quantum Sensing Center Aims to Transform Disease Diagnostics and Prevention

Mark Raizen is part of a new effort focused on translating discoveries from the physics lab to the clinic.

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Chemistry Professor Receives Sloan Research Fellowship and Mark Young Scholar Award

UT Austin’s Zachariah Page was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow and won a top ACS young scholar award for 2024.

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Giant Magellan Telescope Expands Global Science Impact with Taiwanese Partner

GMT's consortium expands to 14 institutions with addition of Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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UT Entomologists Collaborate on Insect-Inspired Album

An award-winning composer came to class and had scientists lend an ear, resulting in music that’s all the buzz.

A young treehopper photographed at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory polllinator garden is one of the insects that inspired a scientist-musician collaboraiton. Credit: Alex Wild


Scientists Develop New Theory to Understand Why Our Perception is Biased

Researchers examined decades of data to create a unifying theory to explain biases in perception.

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Remembering Electrochemistry Pioneer and Texas Science Legend Allen Bard

The 'Father of Modern Electrochemistry' won the National Medal of Science, King Faisal International Prize, Wolf Prize and the Priestly Medal.

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