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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

Evolutionary psychologists reveal why parents want their children’s mates to have certain traits

Evolutionary psychologists reveal why parents want their children’s mates to have certain traits

Psychologist Carin Perilloux is looking into a crazy little thing called love — and finding out why it’s so complicated when that special someone meets the parents. Good looks, personality, religion and earning potential may all come into play when choosing a serious sweetheart. But Perilloux, a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at…   » Continue Reading

Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil

Chemist Allen Bard looks to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil

Al Bard has a dream. It’s an area the size of New Mexico blanketed in panels of iron oxide — rust — that have been doped with just the right mix of other elements. When the panels are hit by hot southwestern sunlight, they help split water into its constituent atoms, hydrogen and oxygen. The…   » Continue Reading

Dr. Christine Schmidt and her research team engineer ways to speed nerve regeneration and recovery after injury

Dr. Christine Schmidt and her research team engineer ways to speed nerve regeneration and recovery after injury

In an ad during the 2000 Super Bowl, the late actor Christopher Reeve is shown sitting at an award ceremony for research breakthroughs in spinal cord injuries. When the announcer calls on the next person to present an award, Reeve stands up and walks the length of the stage to raise his arm and shake…   » Continue Reading

How America’s wasted food could power Switzerland for a year

How America’s wasted food could power Switzerland for a year

How America’s wasted food could power Switzerland for a year.

For 100 years, the Graduate School has built the university’s reputation for research and teaching

For 100 years, the Graduate School has built the university’s reputation for research and teaching

As an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Connecticut, Sheldon Bish participated in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin. So when it came time to make the decision about where to attend graduate school, Bish was confident with his choice. Sheldon Bish and James Tunnell…   » Continue Reading