Topic: Environment

Chemists Work to Desalt the Ocean for Drinking Water, One Nanoliter at a Time

June 27, 2013

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By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques. The new method requires so little energy that it can run on a store-bought battery.

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Invasive Crazy Ants Are Displacing Fire Ants, Researchers Find

May 16, 2013

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Invasive "crazy ants" are displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern United States, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. It's the latest in a history of ant invasions from the southern hemisphere and may prove to have dramatic effects on the ecosystem of the region.

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Scientists Cage Dead Zebras in Africa to Understand the Spread of Anthrax

April 22, 2013

Infected zebra were left where they died but protected by electrified cage exclosures.

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Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Aug. 2, 2012

A biologist at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.

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Exposure to Environmental Contaminants Today Can Influence Behavior Generations Later

May 22, 2012

Exposure to chemicals has the ability to influence behavior of offspring several generations after the initial exposure, according to a new study published by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University.

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