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Oct 19, 2016

Hack the Election? Local Officials Say Their Systems Are Secure

Travis County takes extra measures to secure its voting machines. The county clerk says the real hack is the people stirring up unfounded fears that the election could be tampered with.

Oct 12, 2016

Late-Night Rush Shatters Travis County Voter Registration Record

The county has topped its 90-percent registration goal; now the goal is to set another record for voter turnout.

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.

Oct 04, 2016

Pronghorns Making a Comeback in West Texas

Private landowners are working with the state to rebuild the herd in the face of drought, disease and habitat loss.

Sep 30, 2016

Armed with Apps, Citizen Scientists Track Animal Populations

At the Wild Basin Preserve, members of the public track birds with mobile apps, helping collect information for wildlife biologists.

Sep 23, 2016

Textbook Warrior Fights ‘Satanic Thought’

Neal Frey campaigns to make sure Texas textbooks include the conservative Christian perspective on issues such as evolution, American exceptionialism and sexual mores.

May 22, 2016

History Professor Kickstarts Soccer Club at San Antonio Community College

For David Galindo, winning wasn’t his main priority this year. The 27-year-old history professor at Northwest Vista College was happy just to see his school put a team on the field.

May 22, 2016

UT-Austin Remains Short of Black Faculty Members

Only 3.6 percent of UT-Austin professors are black, while 77.3 percent are white – a figure that is high even by Texas standards.

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

In Texas’ Troubled Foster Care System, Treatment Centers Are a Bright Spot

The centers provide therapy and special care for children traumatized by abuse and neglect.

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 21, 2016

Software Engineer from Boston Bats for Austin Baseball

In 2009, Alan Feldstein started Alan’s Austin MLB, a group of baseball fans who get together and watch games at sports bars around the city. Membership has grown to 162.

May 21, 2016

As Whitaker Fields Are Renovated, UT Club Teams Scramble

Until the renovation is completed, 10 club teams have to share a single field at Clark Field, rent other fields or not play at all.

May 21, 2016

Full Lakes Spell Busy Summer for Sheriff’s Divers

This summer, the team faces two big challenges: a short-staffed dive team and more lake-goers. On top of that, its divers are typically working in cold conditions with little or no visibility.

May 21, 2016

Six Years Later, Deepwater Restoration Money Starts Flowing

A Texas coalition reviewing applications for projects to repair will award grants worth millions of dollars from a trust fund fed by fines paid by British Petroleum and the other companies responsible for the disaster.

May 21, 2016

Tactical Urbanism Is Taking Root in Austin

Small-scale projects, from bus-stop benches to spruced-up alleys, are showing a new way to improve urban life.

May 17, 2016

The Different Worlds of Youth Baseball

Since 1950, young Austinites have played on generations of teams like the Scrappers and the Strikerz. Yet in recent years South Austin organizers, like others around the country, have faced declining enrollment numbers.

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

East Austin Walking Tours Tell the Area’s History Through its Landmarks

The initiative, which started last year, comes amid rapid change. As rising property prices and taxes spur long-time residents to move to the suburbs, architecture important to East Austin’s history is being erased.

May 17, 2016

Experts Warn of Hydrogen Sulfide Dangers

By Brianna Walker For Reporting Texas 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 […]