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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Research Round Up: Fall 2010

Penguin fossil found in Peru showed surprising evidence of feathers and their colors.

Penguin fossil found in Peru showed surprising evidence of feathers and their colors.

During the fall semester of 2010, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin revealed:

An ancient penguin with surprising colors

Honey bees with a failure to communicate

Criminal virus spreaders using evolutionary forensics

An electron switch between molecules with cool battery potential

That as biological clock ticks down, libido rises

A dinosaur who thrived when its competition died

Ways the earth moves

That’s not all.

A team of students launched two satellites, which they built, into
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Inside science: How to build and name the insominator

A close up of the insominator, the device that keeps bees awake.

A close up of the insominator, the device that keeps bees awake.

Researchers wanted to find out if sleep-deprived bees have trouble communicating just like sleep-deprived people do.

First, they had to keep the bees from getting too many Zs.

They couldn’t give the bees a buzz with shots of espresso or gulps of Red Bull. Nor could they keep the lights on and play loud music as if the bees next door were having a party.

Their answer was the insominator.

It sounds like
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Medieval role play: Boys writing as women

Jessica Sinn from the College of Liberal Arts wrote this story about Marjorie Curry Woods, a professor in the English Department, and her research into how people taught and learned in Medieval and Renaissance periods.

Growing up in a large military family, Marjorie Curry Woods moved from state to state almost every year.

“Everything in my life constantly changed, but I always took comfort in knowing that I would feel at home in school,” says Woods, professor in the Department of English
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Protecting ideas with patents

Top patent officials from around the world gave an Austin audience insight into current intellectual property issues. They were James Pooley, deputy director of the World Intellectual Property Organization; Jerry Kappos, director of the United States Patent Office; and Lee Soowon, director of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. They talked with Richard Miller, chief commercialization officer of The University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Top patent officials from around the world gave an Austin audience insight into current intellectual property issues. They were James Pooley, deputy director of the World Intellectual Property Organization; Jerry Kappos, director of the United States Patent Office; and Lee Soowon, director of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. They talked with Richard Miller, chief commercialization officer of The University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Patent protection has gone global, according to David Kappos, the director of the United
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