University of Texas at Austin

Archive for February, 2009


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Austin swings like a pendulum do

Most Foucault Pendulums are in places where they can be seen: in science museums or the lobbies of the buildings of university physics departments.

A view of the pendulum from above

Where the pendulum swings/Photo by Shae Small

The one at The University of Texas at Austin is a bit off the beaten path. It’s on the far east side of campus in the Development building, which houses the university’s development offices, the Charles Dana Center and a health clinic.

But it still gets traffic.
Video of the pendulum

Some comes from
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Friday, February 13, 2009

GRACE in crowded space

Byron Tapley, head of the GRACE mission

Byron Tapley, head of the GRACE mission

The collision of two satellites 500 miles above the Earth created more than 600 pieces of debris and sent shock waves through satellite operators around the world.

We asked Byron Tapley, director of the Center for Space Research in the Cockrell School of Engineering, if there’s concern about the GRACE mission.

GRACE stands for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment. It is a joint operation of NASA and the German Center for Air and Space Flight. Tapley is
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lucy in the Scanner

From the left, Ron Harvey, conservator; Alemu Admassu, curator; John Kappelman, anthropologist; and Richard Ketcham, geologist and CT Lab director.

Team Lucy CT: From the left, Ron Harvey, conservator; Alemu Admassu, curator; John Kappelman, anthropologist; and Richard Ketcham, geologist and CT Lab director.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, have completed the first high-resolution CT scan of the world’s most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago.

Video on the CT Lab from NPR's Science Friday

John Kappelman, professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, led the
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