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Award-winning, Solar-powered House Built by University of Texas Students Comes to McDonald Observatory

Award-winning, Solar-powered House Built by University of Texas Students Comes to McDonald Observatory

FORT DAVIS — It’s Earth Day, and McDonald Observatory is preparing to add a new eco-friendly facility: the award-winning, solar-powered “BLOOMhouse.” Students in The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture designed and built the BLOOMhouse to compete in last year’s Solar Decathlon, a biennial event sponsored by the Department of Ener...
Saliva Can Help Diagnose Heart Attack

Saliva Can Help Diagnose Heart Attack

AUSTIN, Texas—Early diagnosis of a heart attack may now be possible using only a few drops of saliva and a new nano-bio-chip, a multi-institutional team led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reported at a recent meeting of the American Association for Dental Research. The nano-bio-chip assay could some day be used to analyze a pa...
John Archibald Wheeler (July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008)

John Archibald Wheeler (July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008)

John Archibald Wheeler passed away yesterday after contracting pneumonia. He is survived by two daughters, Alison Wheeler Lahnston and Letitia Wheeler Ufford, and a son, James English Wheeler. Read more about his life here.
Calorie Restricted Diet Prevents Pancreatic Inflammation and Cancer

Calorie Restricted Diet Prevents Pancreatic Inflammation and Cancer

Prevention of weight gain with a restricted calorie diet sharply reduced the development of pancreatic lesions that lead to cancer in preclinical research reported today by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting. The ...
Most Powerful Laser In The World Fires Up

Most Powerful Laser In The World Fires Up

Dr. Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Center for High-Intensity Laser Science.AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Petawatt laser reached greater than one petawatt of laser power on Monday morning, March 31, making it the highest powered laser in the world, Todd Ditmire, a physicist at The University of Texas at Austin, said. The Texas Petawatt is the only o...Dr. Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Center for High-Intensity Laser Science.
Computer Scientist Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Computer Scientist Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

AUSTIN, Texas—Peter Stone, associate professor of computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on teams of mobile robots. Stone is one of 190 artists, scientists and scholars who received the fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Successful candidates wer...
Graduate Program Rankings '08

Graduate Program Rankings '08

Several college Ph.D. programs rank among the nation’s top ten in this year’s U.S. News & World Report survey. Rankings are based on opinions of deans, department heads and other senior faculty. College programs and rankings: Biological Sciences - 23rd Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior - 8th Chemistry - 12th Analytical Chemistr...
Sen. Cornyn Recognizes UTeach Efforts

Sen. Cornyn Recognizes UTeach Efforts

AUSTIN—United States Senator John Cornyn cited the partnership between UTeach—The University of Texas at Austin’s innovative science and math teacher preparation program—and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) as exemplary in meeting the nation’s need for highly trained science, math and computer science secondary school teachers. Cornyn,...
Controlling Most Atoms Now Possible

Controlling Most Atoms Now Possible

AUSTIN, Texas—Stopping and cooling most of the atoms of the periodic table is now possible using a pair of techniques developed by physicist Mark Raizen at The University of Texas at Austin. Raizen stopped atoms by passing a supersonic beam through an “atomic coilgun” and cooled them using “single-photon cooling.” The techniques are a major step ...
Coral Health And Bacterial Communities

Coral Health And Bacterial Communities

PORT ARANSAS, Texas—Bacterial communities endemic to healthy corals could change depending on the amount and type of natural and man-made dissolved organic matter in seawater, report researchers from The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Healthy corals naturally exude a surround...