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Switching to a Power Stroke Enables a Tiny But Important Marine Crustacean to Survive

Switching to a Power Stroke Enables a Tiny But Important Marine Crustacean to Survive

Olympic swimmers aren’t the only ones who change their strokes to escape competitors. To escape from the jaws and claws of predators in cold, viscous water, marine copepods switch from a wave-like swimming stroke to big power strokes, a behavior that has now been revealed thanks to 3-D high-speed digital holography.

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.

Conference to Bring World’s Leading Experts on Indoor Air Quality to Austin

The world’s leading experts on indoor air quality will address topics such as how a contaminant found in dust can affect an unborn child in the womb and how the proximity of a person’s car to his or her home can affect cancer risks at the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate’s triennial…   » Continue Reading

Experts for Earth Day: Researchers Offer Environmental Perspectives

Earth Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 22. Faculty experts from The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss their research on topics ranging from the building of sustainable communities to plant ecology and environmental policies.

Marine Scientists to Investigate Effect of Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ on Fish Populations

Whether a large area of low oxygen water called the "dead zone" in the northern Gulf of Mexico could cause declines in environmentally and economically important fish populations is the subject of a new study by University of Texas at Austin marine scientist Peter Thomas.