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Expert dietitians from the Department of Nutritional Sciences share a quick guide to integrating organic foods into your diet

Expert dietitians from the Department of Nutritional Sciences share a quick guide to integrating organic foods into your diet

Should we eat organic fruits and vegetables? It’s a question that often comes up in the courses taught by Monica Meadows, Lydia Steinman and Sara Sweitzer in the Dietetics Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Dietitian Lydia Steinman, senior lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, tends an organic garden at her home…   » Continue Reading

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are changing the way we understand everything from artificial intelligence to hydraulic fracturing

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are changing the way we understand everything from artificial intelligence to hydraulic fracturing

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are changing the way we understand everything from artificial intelligence to hydraulic fracturing. Many of these faculty members will be joining leading researchers from around the world this month at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Peter Stone…   » Continue Reading

Take a look back at some of the many stories in 2011 that showed the impact of The University of Texas at Austin

Take a look back at some of the many stories in 2011 that showed the impact of The University of Texas at Austin

Across The University of Texas at Austin people are changing the world every day through discovery, creativity and teaching. They are exploring our world and our universe, inventing new ways to address social and public health problems, and engaging in issues around the globe. It’s all in a day’s work for the university’s students, faculty,…   » Continue Reading

Physicist and engineer’s device could provide cheap and early detection of earthquakes, lung cancer and infant lactose intolerance

Physicist and engineer’s device could provide cheap and early detection of earthquakes, lung cancer and infant lactose intolerance

Manfred Fink didn’t set out to build a device that could cheaply test for earthquakes, lung cancer and lactose intolerance. Fink, a professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences, set out to do the kind of thing that an experimental physicist might do — try to pin down the rest mass of the…   » Continue Reading

With the help of supercomputing power, researchers explore the health risks of wireless devices through virtual body models and advanced algorithms

With the help of supercomputing power, researchers explore the health risks of wireless devices through virtual body models and advanced algorithms

VIDEO Every moment, we’re swimming in a sea of electromagnetic radiation. Appliances, power lines, cellphones, Wi-Fi and a slew of other modern technologies emit microwaves that pass through, and interact with, our bodies. As wireless technology continues to proliferate in our daily lives, anxiety builds about its dangers.  Do cellphones cause cancer? Impact fertility? Affect…   » Continue Reading

Marine biologist Joan Holt is helping to find sustainable ways to breed and buy saltwater aquarium species

Marine biologist Joan Holt is helping to find sustainable ways to breed and buy saltwater aquarium species

Joan Holt would like to see a day, in the not-too-distant future, in which the saltwater fish tanks at your local pet store have a big label slapped on them that says “Coral Safe.” “It’s the kind of thing that could transform the industry in the way that the idea of ‘organic’ has changed the…   » Continue Reading

Psychology researcher Andreana Haley examines the link between dementia and obesity and aims to improve your brain’s health through diet and exercise

Psychology researcher Andreana Haley examines the link between dementia and obesity and aims to improve your brain’s health through diet and exercise

Step off the scale and let’s have a talk. You’re 30 pounds overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease. More than 30 percent of Americans who are obese have likely endured a similarly uncomfortable conversation with their doctors during a routine checkup. Many are…   » Continue Reading

Texas Advanced Computing Center helps the National Archives find solutions to the nation’s digital records deluge

Texas Advanced Computing Center helps the National Archives find solutions to the nation’s digital records deluge

How does an archivist understand the relationship among billions of documents or search for a single record in a sea of data? For the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) — the government agency responsible for managing and preserving the nation’s historical records — the proliferation of all kinds of digital data, especially digital records,…   » Continue Reading

Advising corps sends university grads to high schools and helps low-income students into college

Advising corps sends university grads to high schools and helps low-income students into college

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The bad news first -– Texas has a critical shortage of school guidance counselors and this means many students who are academically capable of getting into college but need help with the application process won’t end up attending. To make matters worse, the schools most affected…   » Continue Reading

The Giant Magellan Telescope will help astronomers demystify dark matter, probe black holes in distant galaxies and study planets around other stars

The Giant Magellan Telescope will help astronomers demystify dark matter, probe black holes in distant galaxies and study planets around other stars

It’s been more than eight decades since Paris, Texas banker William J. McDonald left most of his estate to the unsuspecting University of Texas at Austin. McDonald wanted his money used to establish an astronomical observatory. The surprised university had no astronomy department or faculty at the time. Artists’ conception of the Giant Magellan Telescope.…   » Continue Reading