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Playing with Fire, UT Professor Sparks Interest in Chemistry (and Sometimes Things Explode)

A a girl in Michigan, Kate Biberdorf discovered joy and beauty in science. She brings that sense of wonder — and plenty of pyrotechnics — to her students at the University of Texas.

Huge Current of Tropical Air Connects Weather Extremes

Summer snow in Canada while Texas bakes: It’s all about the teleconnection.

UT System’s Los Alamos Lab Bid Promises Prestige But Also Challenges

Managing the national laboratory could bring millions in research dollars to UT campuses. But the UT System also would have to address a string of serious problems there.

Cadavers Remain Vital Partners in Training Doctors at Dell Medical

As some substitute software for real bodies, the UT-Austin school uses both in its study of anatomy.

Apr 25, 2017

Science, and Chance, Propelled African-American Engineer to NASA

She has broken barriers as an African-American woman in engineering. Now she leads a top project at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Apr 20, 2017

Nonprofit Provides Channels Into Technology for High School Girls

Portland-based ChickTech’s programs are generating interest in science, technology, engineering and math in Central Texas.

Mar 08, 2017

In Austin, Avoiding the Rush or Carpooling Can Pay Off

Metropia, a smartphone app, offers gift cards and charitable donations to drivers who share rides or travel during off-hours.

Mar 07, 2017

Bumblebees Are Better Pollinators, But Also Are Disappearing

In February, the Trump administration sidelined a plan to put one bumblebee species on the endangered list.

Mar 02, 2017

From Chemistry Lab to Firefighting, UT Lecturer Wears Many Hats

Sara Sutcliffe once was terrified of fire engines. Now the chemistry professor is a volunteer firefighter and teaches fire science.

Mar 01, 2017

Austin Warms to an App That Feeds Parking Meters

Thirteen percent of the city’s transactions are now online, as more people rely on a smartphone app that lets them replenish their parking time.

Oct 08, 2016

Texas A&M Researchers Working to Avert a Global Coffee Crisis

Climate change threatens one of the world’s most popular beverages and a crucial crop in some developing countries. The Texas researchers hope to create a coffee plant that can stand up to hotter temperatures.

May 21, 2016

As Research Funds Dry Up, Science Doctorates Make a Beeline for Data Jobs

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review called data science “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” This is especially impressive considering that the title “data scientist” did not exist until 2008.

May 21, 2016

UT is ‘Ground Zero’ for Research on Little-Known Oil Recovery Techniques

The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate petroleum engineering program, renowned for its enhanced recovery techniques for oil reservoirs, was ranked as the best in the country this year.

May 17, 2016

As Pay and Prestige Grow, More Men Pursue Nursing

Men were 9.6 percent of registered nurses in 2011, up 2 percentage points from 2000, according to the Census Bureau. “You feel like you’re doing something for somebody else,” Casey Luong, a nursing student, said.

May 17, 2016

Experts Warn of Hydrogen Sulfide Dangers

Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is a colorless gas that smells like rotten eggs, but there the similarity ends. At lower levels, the gas causes nausea, headaches and dizziness. Larger doses can result in loss of smell and ultimately death. The poisonous gas made headlines on April 13 after Austin firefighters responded to a cardiac arrest […]

May 16, 2016

Healing on the Back of a Horse

Designed to complement traditional forms of therapy, Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy has, its adherents say, become an increasingly popular adjunct for a variety of diagnoses, among them depression, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and Down Syndrome.

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