Submitted by Diana Bretting on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 08:13
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has announced cost cutting measures which would result in layoff or early retirement for nearly 1,000 workers. The job cuts won’t impact doctors but other staff members and accounts for nearly 5 percent of total workforce of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. During a press conference, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center officials informed that job cuts will save $120 million per year for the organization.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 12/01/2016 - 05:18
The pre-human “Lucy” either lived in trees or at least spent a lot of time in trees, a new analysis of the little hominid’s skeleton suggested.
A tem of researchers from that Johns Hopkins University and University of Texas conducted scans of Lucy’s skeleton, a more than three million years old fossil that is also known as AL 288-1. Bone scans showed that Lucy’s upper arms had been thicker and stronger than her thigh bones. The same pattern is found in chimpanzees.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:48
A Nature Materials-published research paper has unveiled about the creation of a new flexible smart window material. This material if used into windows, sunroofs or curved glass surfaces will provide the power to control both heat and light from the sun.
Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin said that their work acts as a new low-temperature process to coat smart material on plastic making it easier and cost-effective when compared with normal coating done on the glass only.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Sat, 08/20/2016 - 19:21
United States has witnessed an increase in deaths from pregnancy-related causes, but the rate has nearly doubled in Texas between 2010 and 2014. During these four years, Texas has seen more 600 maternal deaths, unveiled a new survey.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:01
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell shared at the Small Satellite Conference in Utah that the company has sent its first Raptor engine to their McGregor, Texas test facility for firing. The Raptor is SpaceX’s next generation of rocket engine.
In comparison with the Merlin engines that power SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the Raptor is three times more powerful. The latter will be used to power SpaceX’s next generation of rocket, Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT).
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 08:33
A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience has found that a ‘healthy’ busy can be beneficial for mental health. Adults who remain busy are far better in brain health than the ones who remain less busy.
Study’s lead researcher Sara Festini from the Center for Vital Longevity of the University of Texas at Dallas said that people who always remain occupied were having better cognition. For many people in their daily lives, being too busy is linked to stress, which can further lead to mental illness, like mood disorders and anxiety.
Submitted by Safar Haddad on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:03
In a latest announcement, Michael M. Watkins has been named the director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech vice president. The Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering, Watkins, is also the director of the University of Texas’ Center for Space Research.
Watkins has penned down reports for GPS World regarding the GRACE project, which takes help of GPS and a microwave ranging system for mapping the gravitational fields of Earth.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 12/28/2015 - 09:27
On Wednesday, heavy front-end loaders put back the leftovers of a 44-foot whale into a deep beach trench. Dozens of onlookers watched the uncommon burial on a hot Galveston Island afternoon.
The burial of carcass was done after a seven-hour necropsy, or animal autopsy. The autopsy was performed to find out what illness caused the deep-water resident mammal to beach himself on a sandbar where he lost his life on Tuesday, about 12:30 pm.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Sun, 12/27/2015 - 06:36
Officials said on Wednesday that for a roughly three-decade old HIV prevention program, the Texas health department has decided to cut off federal funding to a Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate.
Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said that they have the discretion to expand the contract without elaborating anything and have elected not to do so. Deusen said that the area’s local health departments will provide the services there.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention federally funds the contract but it is managed by the state.