Featured Researchers Discover First Sensor of Earth’s Magnetic Field in an Animal
Posted · 1 Comment

A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has identified the first sensor of the Earth’s magnetic field in an animal, finding in the brain of a tiny worm a big clue to a long-held mystery about how animals’ internal compasses work.

Featured Researchers Build World's Thinnest Light Bulb from Graphene
Posted · 0 Comments

A team of scientists and engineers from Columbia University, Seoul National University (SNU), Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) and The University of Texas at Austin have demonstrated — for the first time — a visible light source using graphene, an atomically thin form of carbon. This new type of light source could form the basis of faster communications devices and computer displays that are thin, flexible and transparent.

Featured Freshman Researchers Receive Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Posted · 0 Comments

University of Texas at Austin freshmen, working to develop do-it-yourself health care diagnostics, make up a research group that was announced today as a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, through an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Featured UT Austin, International Partners Approve Start of Construction for Giant Magellan Telescope
Posted · 0 Comments

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has announced a major milestone today with 11 international partners including The University of Texas at Austin unanimously approving its construction, securing the future of the project with more than $500 million to begin work on the world's most powerful optical telescope. The decision initiates final design and fabrication of the GMT, which is poised to become the largest optical telescope in existence.

Posted · 0 Comments

As the College of Natural Sciences’ public health program celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, we visit with some of the people who know the program best.

Featured Partly Human Yeast Show A Common Ancestor’s Lasting Legacy
Posted · 0 Comments

Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker’s yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on nearly unchanged in them both, say biologists at The University of Texas at Austin. The team created thriving strains of genetically engineered yeast using human genes and found that certain groups of genes are surprisingly stable over evolutionary time.

Posted · 40 Comments

The world's largest society of professional ecologists will recognize Eric Pianka with its top award for achievement in the field. 

Featured Supercomputing Helps Deepen Understanding of Life
Posted · 0 Comments

Making sense out of unprecedented quantities of digital information is the focus of today's Big Data in Biology Symposium at The University of Texas.

Posted · 0 Comments

We were sad to hear of the death of emeritus professor Austen Riggs last Monday. We send our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.

Featured Bacteria Suppress Their Antibiotic-Resistant Cousins
Posted · 0 Comments

Researchers studying a dangerous type of bacteria have discovered that the bacteria have the ability to block both their own growth and the growth of their antibiotic-resistant mutants. The discovery might lead to better ways to fight a class of bacteria that have contributed to a growing public health crisis by becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatments.