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Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

AUSTIN, Texas — A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning.

UT Austin Joins $17 Million National Initiative to Combat Traumatic Brain Injury

The Department of Defense has awarded $17 million to 11 U.S. public and private institutions — including The University of Texas at Austin — to support advances in traumatic brain injury research.

Evolving Plumbing System Beneath Greenland Slows Ice Sheet as Summer Progresses

Evolving Plumbing System Beneath Greenland Slows Ice Sheet as Summer Progresses

AUSTIN, Texas — A team led by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics has for the first time directly observed multiple parts of Greenland’s subglacial plumbing system and how that system evolves each summer to slow down the ice sheet’s movement toward the sea.

Stocks Drop When No One Asks Questions During Earnings Calls, Study Shows

Quarterly earning calls that receive zero questions or a very low number of questions during the question-and-answer session of the call lead to a significant decrease in stock price according to new research from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Water Use for Fracking Oil Resembles Use for Conventional Production

Producing oil through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses similar amounts of water on average as producing oil by conventional means, according to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology.

Practices To Boost Community College Student Completion Rates Identified in Report

A new report from The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) reveals a positive relationship between community colleges’ implementation of several “high impact” practices — like offering supplemental instruction and creating learning communities — and students’ completion of developmental courses and persistence from semester to semester.

Depression Lowers When Teens Learn They Can Change, Study Shows

A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable nature of personality traits may prevent depressive symptoms often seen during the transition to high school, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Changes in Coastal Upwelling Linked to Variability in Marine Ecosystem Off California

Changes in Coastal Upwelling Linked to Variability in Marine Ecosystem Off California

AUSTIN, Texas — In findings of relevance to conservationists and the fishing industry, new research links short-term reductions in growth and reproduction of marine animals off the California coast to increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents — currents that supply nutrients to the region's diverse ecosystem.

Poverty-Obesity Link is More Prevalent for Women Than Men, Study Shows

Adolescent girls living in economically disadvantaged families are more likely than their male counterparts to become overweight or obese, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Synthetic Molecule Makes Cancer Self-Destruct

Synthetic Molecule Makes Cancer Self-Destruct

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions have created a molecule that can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by ferrying sodium and chloride ions into the cancer cells.  These synthetic ion transporters, described this week in the journal Nature Chemistry, confirm a two-decades-old hypothesis that could point the…   » Continue Reading