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Nuclear Fusion-Fission Hybrid Could Destroy Nuclear Waste and Contribute to Carbon-Free Energy Future

Nuclear Fusion-Fission Hybrid Could Destroy Nuclear Waste and Contribute to Carbon-Free Energy Future

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a new system that, when fully developed, would use fusion to eliminate most of the transuranic waste produced by nuclear power plants.

$500,000 Award to Fight Clandestine Nuclear Activity

As part of a broad international effort to eliminate the testing of nuclear weapons, engineers at The University of Texas at Austin were awarded $511,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration to research better methods for monitoring and detecting covert nuclear tests.

New Graphene-Based Material Clarifies Graphite Oxide Chemistry

A new "graphene-based" material that helps solve the structure of graphite oxide and could lead to other potential discoveries of the one-atom thick substance called graphene, which has applications in nanoelectronics, energy storage and production, and transportation such as airplanes and cars, has been created by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

New Carbon Material Shows Promise of Storing Large Quantities of Renewable Electrical Energy

Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a breakthrough in the use of a one-atom thick structure called "graphene" as a new carbon-based material for storing electrical charge in ultracapacitor devices, perhaps paving the way for the massive installation of renewable energies such as wind and solar power.

Laser Surgery Probe Targets Individual Cancer Cells

Mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Adela Ben-Yakar at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a laser "microscalpel" that destroys a single cell while leaving nearby cells intact, which could improve the precision of surgeries for cancer, epilepsy and other diseases.

Nanosurgery on a Specially Designed Microchip Reveals Anesthetics Interfere with Nerve Regeneration Process

Nanosurgery on a Specially Designed Microchip Reveals Anesthetics Interfere with Nerve Regeneration Process

A hair strand-thin worm is providing substantial clues on how nerves regenerate, offering insight and hope to finding genes that affect nerve generation and ultimately new drugs and therapies for human neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.

The University of Texas at Austin Wins $17 Million Grant from Department of Energy for Computational Research

The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop new computer modeling techniques that can provide more reliable predictions of complex systems.

Improving Detection of Nuclear Smuggling Goal of Computer Model of Mechanical Engineers

Improving Detection of Nuclear Smuggling Goal of Computer Model of Mechanical Engineers

A team of mechanical engineering professors at The University of Texas at Austin has received $1.9 million to expand a computer model that is already helping guide national decisions about placement of devices to detect nuclear smuggling attempts.