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Archive for September, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

An ancient ant

Christian Rabeling was facing the deadline for finishing the fieldwork for his master’s thesis.

As part of his work, Rabeling mapped entrances to ant nests in a Brazilian rain forest. And to find an entrance, you follow an ant. The ants he was studying weren’t helping.

“A. they’re small and B. they’re slow,” he said.

Breathe on a leaf near an ant and it will freeze in its tracks. It takes a while for them to get going again. “It requires a
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In good taste

Professor John Ivy, developer of Puresport.

Professor John Ivy, developer of Puresport.

John Ivy, a professor in the Department of Health Education and Kinesiology, has studied human performance for decades. He knows what helps athletes compete better and what doesn’t.

He’s poured that knowledge into a sports drink called PureSport. It combines carbohydrates, protein and other essentials to help athletes during an event and for recovery after.

“We did taste tests on about 10 different flavors over about four different runs to get the four flavors and consistency we
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Monday, September 8, 2008

Not just laser tag

Lasers have made news recently at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Texas Petawatt Laser, the world’s most powerful, went on line in August.

Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Petawatt Laser

Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Petawatt Laser

It will help researchers recreate processes such as the birth of stars and investigate nuclear fusion.

Earlier, a biomedical engineering professor showed that a laser microscalpel could zap individual cells and leave surrounding cells alone. So much for cancerous cells hiding out among healthy tissue—at least when the microscalpel is
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