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Thursday, October 28, 2010

UTexas CT scan lab screened on Wired Science

Flipping through the channels during a break in the World Series broadcast Wednesday (Oct. 27), I saw Wired Science on KLRU 3. In the what’s coming up list for the show, it listed “Virtual Paleontology.”

The digitized 3D  image of a dinosaur skull from the High Resolution X-Ray CT lab.

The digitized 3D image of a dinosaur skull from the High Resolution X-Ray CT lab.

I kept checking back to see if the segment was about the High Resolution X-Ray CT Facility at The University of Texas at Austin that makes scans of fossils to reveal their shapes in
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Triple Witching

triple-witchingTriple Witching” has nothing to do with Halloween not the Nov. 2 election, for that matter.

James Nolen, distinguished senior lecturer of finance in the McCombs School of Business, explains its meaning in the equally spooky world of business and finance in this post, which can be found on the McCombs Web site.

Four times a year, an unholy occurrence casts a spell over the stock market, stirring up mayhem and mischief most foul. On the third Friday of March, June, September
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Teens and pickup trucks–not such a good mix

Transportation expert Chandra Bhat and his daughter, Prerna, who just received her driver's license. Bhat and two of his graduate students have a new study on aggressive driving behavior and how it relates to the severity of injuries sustained during an accident.

Transportation expert Chandra Bhat and his daughter, Prerna, who just received her driver’s license. Bhat and two of his graduate students have a new study on aggressive driving behavior and how it relates to the severity of injuries sustained during an accident.

Chandra Bhat, one of The University of Texas at Austin’s traffic authorities, has a new study on aggressive driving.

One finding: 16- and 17-year-old drivers behind the wheel of a pickup truck are 100 percent more likely to be
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Being aware of ethical research

The student panel at Ethical Research Awareness Day was composed of, from left, Milena Batanova, Jeffrey Easley, Ingrid Bachmann and Jonathan Dau. Photo by Rebecca McIntee.

The student panel at Ethical Research Awareness Day was composed of, from left, Milena Batanova, Jeffrey Easley, Ingrid Bachmann and Jonathan Dau. Photo by Rebecca McIntee.

The first Ethical Research Awareness Day at The University of Texas at Austin was Sept. 29, but the theme of a meeting to mark the day was that every day should be ethical research awareness day.

The meeting had been in the works for months, but it was held in the wake of high-profile research retractions.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

YouTube – Tungara Frogs and Sexual Selection

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Prof. Michael Ryan’s work with tungara frogs is highlighted in this video from the College of Natural Sciences. The video is posted on the university’s YouTube channel. Click below to watch — and listen.

YouTube – Tungara Frogs and Sexual Selection.

Friday, September 24, 2010

“2012″ –– The movie, the physics

Sacha Kopp, associate professor in the Department of Physics, at the Sept. 14, 2010 Science Study Break. Photo by the UT Libraries.

Sacha Kopp, associate professor in the Department of Physics, at the Sept. 14, 2010 Science Study Break. Photo by the UT Libraries.

Here’s physicist Sacha Kopp’s synopsis of “2012,” a 2009 movie that purports to depict what happens when the Mayan calendar turns a big page:

“In this story, the Earth is basically destroyed. There’s a giant solar eruption and this eruption releases this incredible burst of particles called neutrinos, and these neutrinos come whizzing through the universe and bury themselves like,
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Extreme time scales

time_scalesThe story I wrote about time scales, from the billions of years the universe has existed to the flash of a laser in a fraction of a fraction of a second, is up at It’s About Time.

In the story, researchers talk about the time scales they work in and how they think about them. We hear from Sharon Mosher, dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences; Aaron Bernstein, a laser physicist; Mark Kirkpatrick, a population geneticist; Rob Adams, a lecturer
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Texas physicist gets a line on origin of magnetic fields

Mahajanmug2Magnetic fields are everywhere. They permeate the cosmos. They surround the Earth. A great deal about how magnetism works, including how an existing magnetic field can be amplified, is well understood. But the search for the seed that needs to be amplified has posed a serious challenge in theoretical physics.

Now Dr. Swadesh Mahajan of the Institute for Fusion Studies, and his colleague, Dr. Zensho Yoshida of the University of Tokyo might have identified a mechanism that can explain the origin
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ransom Center opens David Foster Wallace archive

Books from David Foster Wallace’s library. Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.

Books from David Foster Wallace’s library. Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.

The Harry Ransom Center opened the archives of writer David Foster Wallace on Tuesday (Sept. 13, 2010).

As part of the opening, the HRC has posted several pieces from the collection online.

Also, Jacqueline Muñoz, librarian at the Ransom Center who cataloged more than 300 books from Wallace’s archive, writes about her experience working with the collection and her personal response to his work.

Here’s part of her post:

“He didn’t merely own these books; he digested
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

The lowdown on Scartlett’s green dress

curtain_small1It would have been a good story if the curtains that Scarlett O’Hara ripped down in “Gone with the Wind” had been used to make her famous curtain dress, which is housed at the Harry Ransom Center.

But, alas, that’s not the case.

Hoping for a further finding, Further Findings put that question to Steve Wilson, the film curator at the Harry Ransom Center. The dress and 5,000 boxes of other materials from the second-best movie made in 1939 (my pick is
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