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
As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, The University of Texas at Austin is marshaling its expertise to respond. Engineers, scientists, researchers and other experts at the university are involved in a variety of efforts. They are modeling what could happen if a hurricane hits the oil spill, providing real-time satellite imagery… » Continue Reading
Today’s medical technology can recognize tumors smaller than a fingernail, decode your DNA to predict future illness and even read a person’s mind by identifying electronic patterns in the brain. “Medical advances seem like wizardry,” said Harold Varmus, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “But pull back the curtain, and sitting at… » Continue Reading
“We live on a planet powered by a star.” –Whoopi Goldberg, “Journey to the Stars” Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History The Sun is the source of life and light, a bright companion in our travels through space. In recent years, new observations, new theories and new computer models of the Sun have shed… » Continue Reading
Science at the Center of the Storm: It was Sept. 7, 2008, six days before Hurricane Ike, the third most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, crashed into the Texas coast. Ike had already made landfall in Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane, and in the coming days would gather strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
What factors drive climate change? How did galaxies form after the Big Bang? Have we reached a point in medicine where doctors can customize patient-specific treatments to illness? What will we discover in the vast streams of data flowing through telescopes, sensors and large particle colliders? The answers to these “grand challenge” questions are vital… » Continue Reading