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Kate the Chemist: Water is a freak substance. Here’s why.

University of Texas professor and science entertainer Kate the Chemist joined Big Think to talk about water molecules and to answer two interesting and important questions: Why does boiling water make it safe to drink, and what happens to water when you boil or freeze it? According to Kate, when water is heated to a certain temperature (100°C/ 212°F) the hydrogen bonds break and it goes from a liquid to a gas state. Boiling for a minimum of 5 minutes kills any viruses and bacteria that were in t...
Tags: Science, Learning, Biology, Intelligence, Virus, Teaching, Bacteria, Public Health, Chemistry, Pollution, Microbiology, Innovation, Sanitation, Kate, Physiology, Microbes

Researchers' method holds promise for brain study, better tests for viruses

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed a promising method for remotely stimulating activity in deep brain regions, advancing understanding of how molecules act in the brain and paving the way for better cancer treatments and therapies for other diseases.
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New UTA study finds people tune out facts and trust their guts in medical emergencies

A study conducted by two associate professors of marketing at The University of Texas at Arlington shows that people are more likely to base decisions on anecdotal information instead of facts when they feel anxious and vulnerable.Traci Freling and Ritesh Saini, both in the College of Business, published 'When poignant stories outweigh cold hard facts: A meta-analysis of the anecdotal bias' in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
Tags: Science, Arlington, University of Texas, College of Business, Ritesh Saini, Traci Freling

Computer scientists' new tool fools hackers into sharing keys for better cybersecurity

Instead of blocking hackers, a new cybersecurity defense approach developed by University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists actually welcomes them. The method, called DEEP-Dig (DEcEPtion DIGging), ushers intruders into a decoy site so the computer can learn from hackers' tactics. The information is then used to train the computer to recognize and stop future attacks.
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UTA study examines potential sources of groundwater contamination in private wells

A study led by environmental researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington suggests a disconnect between the perception of groundwater contamination and the extent to which that contamination is attributable to oil and natural gas extraction.
Tags: Science, UTA, Arlington, University of Texas

Researchers brighten path for creating new type of MRI contrast agent

University of Texas at Dallas researchers are breathing new life into an old MRI contrast agent by attaching it to a plant virus and wrapping it in a protective chemical cage. The novel strategy is aimed at developing a completely organic and biodegradable compound that would eliminate the need to use heavy metals such as gadolinium in contrast agents.
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Team's fabricated corneal tissue allows closer look at how eyes heal

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have demonstrated a technique in the lab for fabricating tiny strands of collagen called fibrils to facilitate further research on the eye's repair process. The method was detailed in a new study published in the December issue of the journal Biomedical Microdevices. The study was funded in part by a $1.8 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant.
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Together you're less alone

Alone, as a pair or in groups - the diversity in social systems of primates is interesting because it may also provide insights into human social life. A biologist from the German Primate Center together with a colleague from the University of Texas at San Antonio, investigated how different primate societies evolved. Their reconstructions showed that the evolution from a solitary way of life to group living usually occurred via pair living.
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Nobel Prize in Chemistry split 3 ways for lithium-ion battery research

From left: Akira Yoshino, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham and Dr. John Goodenough (Charles Dharapak / Yoshiaki Sakamoto / Kyodo News / Binghamton University) The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists whose work developing lithium-ion batteries made mobile phones, iPads, laptops, and electric cars possible. The three recipients are U.S. engineer John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham of the U.K., and Akira Yoshino of Japan. They will share the 9 million Swedish kronor...
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3 win Nobel in Chemistry for work on lithium-ion batteries

By DAVID KEYTON and JAMEY KEATEN STOCKHOLM — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their work developing lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and transformed cars, mobile phones and many other devices — and reduced the world’s reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. The prize went to John B. Goodenough, 97, a German-born engineering professor at the University of Texas; M. Stanley Whittingham, 77, a British-American chemistry ...
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Beyond 1 and 0: Engineers boost potential for creating successor to shrinking transistors

A materials scientist from the University of Texas at Dallas has offered a solution to the fast-approaching physical minimum for transistor size: a multi-value logic transistor based on zinc oxide, capable of two stable intermediate states between 0 and 1.
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Biologists design new molecules to help stall lung cancer

University of Texas at Dallas scientists have demonstrated that the growth rate of the majority of lung cancer cells relates directly to the availability of a crucial oxygen-metabolizing molecule called heme. In a preclinical study recently published in Cancer Research, they showed that the expansion of lung tumors in mice slowed when access to heme was restricted. They also engineered new molecules aimed at starving the cancer cells of heme.
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Research underscores value of cognitive training for adults with mild cognitive impairment

Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth®, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, combined two non-pharmacological interventions for adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): eight sessions of Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), a cognitive training program shown to improve reasoning and ability to extract bottom-line messages from complex information; and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) over the left frontal region, associated with cognitive control and ...
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Student astronomer spots two new planets with the help of AI

Discovering planets that nobody has ever seen before is even harder than it sounds. Space telescopes from NASA and other scientific bodies have gathered an incredible amount of data that will take astronomers years and years to sift through, and many times there's just nothing there to be found.But humans don't have to do all of the work, and Anne Dattilo, a senior at the University of Texas in Austin enlisted the help of artificial intelligence to study data from NASA's Kepler space...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Austin, Kepler, University of Texas, Anne Dattilo, Dattilo

Engineers develop inexpensive, smart stop sign to improve driver safety

According to the US Department of Transportation, more than half of all roadway fatalities occur on rural roads. Now engineers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are building and testing a low-cost, self-powered thermal system that will detect vehicles, improve the visibility of stop signs and prevent deaths.
Tags: Science, San Antonio UTSA, University of Texas, US Department of Transportation

UTA study calls on feds to invest in local volunteer disaster response, recovery groups

Data from 2017 Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California natural disasters highlights key collaboration gaps and better ways to save money, time and lives in future disastersAfter 2017's record year of billion-dollar disaster events and additional hurricanes and wildfires during 2018, a new University of Texas at Arlington study found that inconsistent non-profit resources across different jurisdictions impacted disaster recovery efforts, especially in areas that needed it the most.
Tags: Science, California, UTA, Arlington, University of Texas, Texas Florida Puerto Rico

Trump’s speech: Less analytical, more sure than predecessors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders are speaking far more simply and with more confidence than they did four score and seven years ago. Donald Trump’s speech has accelerated that trend. A new study says Trump talks less analytically, and more confidently, than all past U.S. presidents. Psychologists at the University of Texas and Princeton University used […]
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UTA herpetologists describe new species of snake found in stomach of predator snake

Herpetologists at The University of Texas at Arlington have described a previously unknown species of snake that was discovered inside the stomach of another snake more than four decades ago.
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New species of snake found in another snake's belly

Scientists discovered and now described a previously unknown species of snake. Oddly though, they didn't collect this snake in the wild but rather found it inside the belly of another snake. The University of Texas at Arlington biologists have given the snack snake the official name of Cenaspis aenigma ("mysterious dinner snake.") From National Geographic: This species has unique features that separate it from its relatives, including the shape of the its skull, the covering of its hemipenis...
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Popular scientist Tyson rejects misconduct allegations

Well-known author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sunday denied allegations by three women of sexual misconduct spanning several decades. Tyson, 60, who has built a successful career on television and in his books explaining and popularizing science, had remained largely silent as three different women lodged complaints dating as far back as 1984. In the first case, a woman alleged that Tyson drugged and raped her when both were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.
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Researchers explore division of public opinion on Black Lives Matter

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas examined public opinions about Black Lives Matter, an activist movement founded in 2013 that has gained national attention in subsequent years.
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Archaeologists uncover oldest weapons ever found in North America, and they might rewrite history

For many years the consensus among archaeologists was that humans began settling in North America around 13,000 years ago. This timeline was based on artifacts found that dated back between 12,700 and 13,000 years, including weapons. Now, a new discovery in Texas could throw that theory right out the door. Researchers from Texas A&M, Baylor University, and the University of Texas have uncovered what they believe to be spear points that were used by human hunters as far back as 15,500 years ago. ...
Tags: Texas, Science, United States, North America, Baylor University, Folsom, University of Texas, Clovis, Friedkin

Monsanto’s most popular weedkiller is giving the world’s bees stomachaches

New research adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests Monsanto’s ubiquitious and controversial weedkiller, RoundUp, is delivering to bees a sucker-punch to the gut. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a team of researchers at the University of Texas, shows that when bees make their daily…
Tags: Science, Monsanto, University of Texas, National Academy of Sciences

UTA study shows location makes or breaks many forms of public housing

University of Texas at Arlington researchers determined in a new study that subsidized housing is not affordable in the Dallas-Fort Worth region because its location does not make it transportation friendly.
Tags: Science, UTA, Arlington, University of Texas, Dallas Fort Worth

Glyphosate weed killers could be harming bees, warn scientists 

Bees could be dying as a result of exposure some of Britain’s most popular weed killers, new research suggests. Scientists in the US found evidence that glyphosate , the active ingredient in Roundup and many other brands, may be contributing to the decline of honey bees. Glyphosate herbicides are the most widely used herbicide in UK agriculture with 5.4 million acres of farmland across Britain treated with the chemical annually. The study, by the University of Texas, showed worker bees exposed t...
Tags: UK, Science, US, Britain, Monsanto, University of Sussex, University of Texas, Dave Goulson, DeWayne Johnson, Erick Motta, University of Texas US, Redmond Durrell Alamy, Nancy Moran

UTA researchers patent technology for smart seat cushion, adaptable prosthetics

The University of Texas at Arlington has patented a smart seat cushion that uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight and help prevent the painful ulcers caused by sitting for long periods of time in a wheelchair. The same technology can be used to create prosthetic liners that adapt their shape to accommodate changes in body volume.
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Scientists Are Turning Zika Virus Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

A devastating viral disease could actually help treat and prevent brain cancer in the future, suggests yet more research, published Tuesday in MBio. Researchers at the University of Texas and elsewhere successfully used a modified version of the Zika virus to selectively kill off certain stem cells that allow brain…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cancer, Brain Cancer, Brains, Viruses, Zika, University of Texas

UTSA research confirms fecal bacteria contaminated surface water after Hurricane Harvey

Research by a civil and environmental engineering professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has substantiated that Hurricane Harvey caused high levels of fecal contamination to be introduced into waterways draining into the Gulf of Mexico and impairing surface water quality. UTSA faculty member Vikram Kapoor hopes his research will help lead to the development of a predictive framework to assess wastewater contamination following severe flooding.
Tags: Science, Gulf of Mexico, UTSA, San Antonio UTSA, University of Texas, Hurricane Harvey, Vikram Kapoor

Heat-conducting crystals could help computer chips keep their cool

As consumers demand smaller, faster and more powerful electronic devices that draw more current and generate more heat, the issue of heat management is reaching a bottleneck. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and their collaborators have created a potential solution -- boron arsenide crystals with high thermal conductivity, which might be used in future electronics to help keep devices from overheating.
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Team's E-Whiskers May Be a Touchstone for Future of Electronic Skin

Those cute little whiskers you see on your pet do more than just twitch adorably. Intrigued by the hairs' versatility, University of Texas at Dallas researchers used shape-memory polymers to create artificial, electronic versions called e-whiskers, which mimic the properties of the real thing.
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