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2011-09-27 09:34:11

University of Texas at Austin researchers have discovered how to extract and use information in an individual image to determine how far objects are from the focus distance, a feat only accomplished by human and animal visual systems until now. Like a camera, the human eye has an auto-focusing system, but human auto-focusing rarely makes mistakes. And unlike a camera, humans do not require trial and error to focus an object. Johannes Burge, a postdoctoral fellow in the College of...

Image 1 - Stampede Charges Computational Science Forward In Tackling Complex Societal Challenges
2011-09-23 04:31:46

  New resource will bolster the computational capacity NSF can provide to the open science community The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday announced that it will deploy and support a world-class supercomputer with comprehensive computing and visualization capabilities for the national open science community. Made possible by a $27.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this new deployment is part of the...

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2011-09-20 10:41:37

  Captive breeding could transform the saltwater aquarium trade and save coral reefs Marine biologists at The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute are developing means to efficiently breed saltwater aquarium fish, seahorses, plankton and invertebrates in captivity in order to preserve the biologically rich ecosystems of the world's coral reefs. These scientists believe their efforts, and those of colleagues around the world, could help shift much of the $1...

2011-09-12 11:26:57

The amount of radiation released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster was so great that the level of atmospheric radioactive aerosols in Washington state was 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than normal levels in the week following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster. Despite the increase, the levels were still well below the amount considered harmful to humans and they posed no health risks to residents at the time, according to researchers at The University of...

Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Is A Hybrid
2011-09-09 09:59:31

  Flitting among the cool slopes of the Appalachian Mountains is a tiger swallowtail butterfly species that evolved when two other species of swallowtails hybridized long ago, a rarity in the animal world, biologists from The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University have found. They discovered that the Appalachian tiger swallowtail, Papilio appalachiensis, evolved from mixing between the Eastern tiger swallowtail, P. glaucus, and the Canadian tiger swallowtail, P....

2011-08-25 21:28:14

Rutgers, University of Texas at Austin researchers determine three-dimensional structure of site on influenza B virus protein that suppresses human defenses to infection Researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Texas at Austin have reported a discovery that could help scientists develop drugs to fight seasonal influenza epidemics caused by the common influenza B strain. Their discovery also helps explain how influenza B is limited to humans, and why it cannot be as...

2011-08-12 07:15:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX(R)) is proud to announce the launch of its new Professional Land Management Certificate Program in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Workers involved in land-related activities or those interested in opportunities as professional "landmen" may enroll in this training program to either enhance their skills or prepare for a new career in the oil and gas industry. A "landman" negotiates for the mineral rights...

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2011-08-08 08:45:00

Recently researchers tested packed lunches of more than 700 school children and found less than two percent of the meats, vegetables and dairy products were in a safe temperature zone, increasing the risk of foodborne illness for the children who bring them into day care and school. "It was a shock when we discovered that more than 90 percent of the perishable items in these packed lunches were kept at unsafe temperatures," said Fawaz Almansour, a doctoral student at the University of Texas...


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2005-06-02 08:04:23

The Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to six feet in width and have a slight upward turn at their tips, as well as for their distinctive "burnt orange" coloring. "The Longhorns" is also the nickname of the sports teams of The University of Texas and the school mascot is a Longhorn named Bevo. The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America serves as the recognized registry for the breed. Though some historians disagree, the Texas...

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lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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