Topic: College of Natural Sciences

UT Austin to Develop Techniques for Brain Imaging

Oct. 2, 2015
Human brain

Researchers at UT Austin will receive three grants totaling $4 million to develop techniques for imaging and manipulating the activity of neurons in the brain, research that will help scientists explore the mechanisms of addiction, obesity, fear and many other brain states and disorders.

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Study Examines Seniors' Social Life and Health

Sept. 28, 2015
Seniors Playing Cards

UT Austin will receive a $2.4 million grant over the next five years from the National Institute on Aging to study how social interactions improve the health of older adults. 

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Organisms Across Tree of Life Share Common Molecular Tools

Sept. 8, 2015
protein map

Researchers at UT Austin discovered the assembly instructions for nearly 1,000 protein complexes shared by most kinds of animals, offering a powerful new tool for studying the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cancer.

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Mass Extinctions Can Accelerate Evolution

Aug. 12, 2015
Virtual Biped Robot

A computer science team at UT Austin has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

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Six Tips for Staying Sharp

Aug. 11, 2015
illustration of six ways to stay sharp

This time of year, students are cramming information into the dark corners of their brains just long enough to survive final exams. Later in life, we may come up against similar challenges with learning and memory. Here are six research-based tips for staying mentally sharp.

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