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2011-10-19 20:21:59

Many other congenital conditions, including autism, may one day prove to be related to environmental pollutants Pesticides and pollutants are related to an alarming 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University. Two of the pesticides found in high concentrations in the placentas of affected newborns and stillborn fetuses were endosulfan and lindane. Endosulfan is only...

Image 1 - Chagas Disease May Be A Threat In South Texas
2011-10-06 11:15:40

Epidemiological maps suggest South Texas, in particular, is an area of high risk for infection Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from The University of Texas at Austin. "We've been studying this for four years now, and this year the number of disease-causing insects is quite amazing," says Sahotra Sarkar, professor of integrative...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Unusual Multi-planet Solar System
2011-10-05 03:33:37

A team of researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has used NASA´s Kepler spacecraft to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other. They announced the find on Oct. 4 in Nantes, France at a joint meeting of the American Astronomical Society´s Division of Planetary Science and the European Planetary Science Conference. The research will be published in a special...

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...

Image 1 - Is 'Coral-Safe' The New 'Organic' Of The Sea?
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....


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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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