Science and Technology

When and Why Did Our Human Ancestors First Leave Africa?

July 11, 2018
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A new discovery in China may help bridge the gap between where humans began and where they are today.

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Study Shows Why US Residents Seek Abortion Medication Online

July 11, 2018
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Research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs reveals four key themes about the motivations and experiences of people seeking medication abortion online. 

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Collaborating to Protect Night Skies

July 9, 2018
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McDonald Observatory has collaborated with the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and the Texas Oil and Gas Association to reduce light shining into the sky from drilling rigs in West Texas.

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New Nerve Gas Detector Built with Legos and a Smartphone

June 27, 2018
Nerve gas detector created using Legos and a smartphone.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a way to detect the presence, type and concentration of nerve agents in the field using Legos, a smartphone and a chemical sensor.

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Fish’s Use of Electricity May Shed Light on Human Illnesses

June 21, 2018
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Weakly electric fish, commonly called baby whales, use brief electrical pulses to sense the world around them and communicate. By studying these fish, scientists may unlock clues about conditions like epilepsy. 

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