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Researchers Find Major West Antarctic Glacier Melting from Geothermal Sources

Researchers Find Major West Antarctic Glacier Melting from Geothermal Sources

Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it’s being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy…   » Continue Reading

Shade Grown Coffee Shrinking as a Proportion of Global Coffee Production

Shade Grown Coffee Shrinking as a Proportion of Global Coffee Production

AUSTIN, Texas —The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996, according to a new study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions.

Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon

Symbiotic Fungi Inhabiting Plant Roots Have Major Impact On Atmospheric Carbon

AUSTIN, Texas — Microscopic fungi that live in plants' roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher and his colleagues at Boston University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

The ecologically dominant crazy ants are reducing diversity and abundance across a range of ant and arthropod species.

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

Infected zebra were left where they died but protected by electrified cage exclosures.

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

A biologist at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.

Exposure to Environmental Contaminants Today Can Influence Behavior Generations Later

The researchers exposed gestating female rats to vinclozolin, a popular fruit and vegetable fungicide. When they put the rats’ third generation of offspring through a variety of behavioral tests they found they were more anxious, more sensitive to stress, and had greater activity in stress-related regions of the brain than descendants of unexposed rats.

$1 Million Gift to Create Family Garden at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have donated $1 million to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin for a family garden bearing their name.

Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Pesticides and pollutants are related to a 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University.