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Blanton Exhibition Highlights Art of Ancient Andes, Explores Relationship Between Art and Environment

Blanton Exhibition Highlights Art of Ancient Andes, Explores Relationship Between Art and Environment

AUSTIN, Texas — The Blanton Museum of Art, in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, will present a special selection of objects that illuminate the lifestyle, technological achievements and ideology of pre-Inka (also known as “Inca”) cultures among the coastal Andes of South America. “Between Mountains and…   » Continue Reading

Preparation for World’s Largest Telescope to be Streamed Online

Event:  The detonation of a mountain peak at The Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to begin site preparation for the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be live-streamed to the general public.  Video coverage is provided courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Chile. When:  Friday, March 23, 11 a.m. CDT. Any change…   » Continue Reading

Fossilized Giant Penguin Reveals Unusual Colors, Sheds Light on Bird Evolution

Fossilized Giant Penguin Reveals Unusual Colors, Sheds Light on Bird Evolution

Paleontologists have unearthed the first extinct penguin with preserved evidence of scales and feathers. The 36-million-year-old fossil from Peru shows the new giant penguin’s feathers were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of living penguins. The fossil shows the flipper and feather shapes that make penguins such powerful swimmers evolved early, while the color patterning of living penguins is likely a much more recent innovation.

Engineers Host Benefit Concert for Global Communities in Need

Event: Students from the Cockrell School of Engineering will hold a benefit concert, featuring When the Lights Turn Red, to support water projects for rural communities in South America and Africa. When: 6-11 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. Where: Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38th 1/2 St. Background: Recognizing that nearly 20 percent of the world's population…   » Continue Reading