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Texas Astronomers Discuss Weighing Heaviest Known Black Hole; Reporters May Participate Remotely in Live Webcast from Seattle

Event: University of Texas at Austin Astronomy Professor Karl Gebhardt and graduate student Jeremy Murphy will give a press briefing live from the 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Seattle, describing how they weighed the heaviest known nearby black hole using a telescope at the university's McDonald Observatory and the giant Gemini…   » Continue Reading

Texas Astronomer Wins Japanese Physics Prize

Texas Astronomer Wins Japanese Physics Prize

Astronomer Eiichiro Komatsu of The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded the 25th annual Nishinomiya-Yukawa Memorial Prize for physics. Eiichiro Komatsu is director of the Texas Cosmology Center.

Physicists Prove Einstein Wrong with Observation of Instantaneous Velocity in Brownian Particles

Physicists Prove Einstein Wrong with Observation of Instantaneous Velocity in Brownian Particles

A century after Albert Einstein said we would never be able to observe the instantaneous velocity of tiny particles as they randomly shake and shimmy, so called Brownian motion, physicist Mark Raizen and his group have done so.

White House Presents 2009 Enrico Fermi Award to John Goodenough for Lifetime Achievements

White House Presents 2009 Enrico Fermi Award to John Goodenough for Lifetime Achievements

The University of Texas at Austin engineering Professor John Goodenough, who developed materials critical to the development of lightweight and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, ushering in the wireless revolution, has been awarded the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the most distinguished science and technology honors given by the White House.

Texas Cosmology Center Established at The University of Texas at Austin

Texas Cosmology Center Established at The University of Texas at Austin

A new interdisciplinary center for the study of the frontiers of the universe, from the tiniest subatomic particle to the largest chain of galaxies, has been formed at The University of Texas at Austin.

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in University of Texas at Austin laboratory

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in University of Texas at Austin laboratory

Really Extreme Science: Todd Ditmire leads the way into his new laboratory below Robert Lee Moore Hall. He jiggles a key into a lock and swings open the door to a subterranean chamber worthy of a James Bond villain--if the villain were a university professor trying to do world-class research on a limited budget.

$12.5 Million National Science Foundation Grant to Fund UTeachEngineering Program for Educators

The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences and College of Education have been awarded $12.5 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to prepare educators to teach engineering to Texas high-school students.

Invisible Waves Shape Continental Slope, University of Texas at Austin Researcher Says

A class of powerful, invisible waves hidden beneath the surface of the ocean can shape the underwater edges of continents and contribute to ocean mixing and climate, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found.

Physicist John Wheeler Dies at 96

Professor Emeritus John A. Wheeler, a noted theoretical physicist who coined the term "black hole," died on Sunday, April 13 after contracting pneumonia.

Most Powerful Laser in the World Fires Up at The University of Texas at Austin

Most Powerful Laser in the World Fires Up at The University of Texas at Austin

The Texas Petawatt laser reached greater than one petawatt of laser power on Monday morning, March 31, making it the highest powered laser in the world, Todd Ditmire, a physicist at The University of Texas at Austin, said.