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Six Assistant Professors Win CAREER Awards from National Science Foundation

Six assistant professors at The University of Texas at Austin received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards totaling nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation.

Life Science “Study Break” Funded for $10,000 by Credit Union

The Life Science Library has received $10,000 from the University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) to sponsor its popular Science Study Break program. The financial support from UFCU will make it possible for program enhancements, including increased exposure, technology upgrades and a permanent location for Science Study Break over the next two years. Science Study Break…   » Continue Reading

New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

New Fossil Suggests Dinosaurs Not So Fierce After All

A new species of dinosaur discovered in Arizona suggests dinosaurs did not spread throughout the world by overpowering other species, but by taking advantage of a natural catastrophe that wiped out their competitors.

Geologist among team of scientists exploring how to work with robots on lunar expeditions

Geologist among team of scientists exploring how to work with robots on lunar expeditions

Mark Helper looked out the windshield of his pressurized lunar rover at a gray otherworldly landscape that stretched in every direction as far as he could see. With time running short, he and his teammate drove on across the rubble-strewn floor of a vast impact crater. They stopped and Helper used the vehicle's robotic arm…   » Continue Reading

World-class Gem and Mineral Collection Goes Digital

An extraordinary collection of gems and minerals is now a click of the mouse away after students at The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences digitally photographed more than 6,300 specimens and made them available on a new, fully searchable Web site.

New Meat-Eating Dinosaur Alters Evolutionary Tree

New Meat-Eating Dinosaur Alters Evolutionary Tree

Paleontologists have unearthed a previously unknown meat-eating dinosaur in New Mexico, settling a debate about early dinosaur evolution, revealing a period of explosive diversification and hinting at how dinosaurs spread across the supercontinent Pangaea.

Terry Quinn Becomes Director of Institute for Geophysics

Terry Quinn, associate director of the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named director of the institute. Quinn was interim director during the national search for a director this past year.

Severity, Length of Past Megadroughts Dwarf Recent Drought in West Africa

Severity, Length of Past Megadroughts Dwarf Recent Drought in West Africa

Droughts far worse than the infamous Sahel drought of the 1970s and 1980s are within normal climate variation for sub-Saharan West Africa, according to new research.

Wenchuan Earthquake Mudslides Emit Greenhouse Gas

Wenchuan Earthquake Mudslides Emit Greenhouse Gas

Mudslides that followed the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan, China earthquake, ranked by the U.S. Geological Survey as the 11th deadliest earthquake ever recorded, may release an amount of carbon-dioxide in upcoming decades equivalent to two percent of current annual global carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion, a new study shows. Mudslide near the epicenter of…   » Continue Reading

Famous Fossil Lucy Scanned at The University of Texas at Austin, Offers New Insights into Ancient Human Ancestor

Famous Fossil Lucy Scanned at The University of Texas at Austin, Offers New Insights into Ancient Human Ancestor

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, have completed the first high-resolution CT scan of the world's most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago.