The University of Texas, Austin has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation that will help nanoscience advances become innovations. The $18.5 million grant will go towards the creation of a new engineering center that will focus primarily on taking new nanoscience technology and turning it into usable equipment, such as medical devices that can be implanted, or flexible laptops. [Read more...]
On Monday officials at the University of Texas filed their brief to the US Supreme Court in defence of their admissions policy regarding race. The school’s current admission policy uses a potential student’s race as one of the deciding factors. One student from Sugar Land, Abigail Noel Fisher, began legal action against the university as she believes she missed out on a place at the school because she is Caucasian. [Read more...]
Two construction workers have died when a crane collapsed on the University of Texas campus in Dallas on Saturday. The crane was being taken apart at the time of the accident and was used in the construction of the school’s new Arts and Technology center. The new building, which is expected to be opened next year, measures 155,000 square feet and will house about 2,100 classrooms.
Witnesses to the accident reported hearing screaming and what looked like scaffolding falling. Up to 50 mph winds swept through the campus at the time of the fall as storm fronts pushed past the area. It is not yet known whether the strong gusts were responsible for the collapse. [Read more...]
A University of Texas graduate student was dragged into a chimp enclosure and repeatedly bitten by two chimpanzees on Friday. The 26 year old student, Andrew Oberle, was standing between the two barriers surrounding the enclosure at the South African sanctuary whilst giving a talk to a group of tourists. The chimps grabbed his feet and pulled him under the inner fence of their enclosure.
Oberle was dragged approximately half a mile through the enclosure and suffered serious injuries, including the loss of an ear and parts of his fingers. Much of the skin on one leg was also missing. [Read more...]
Researchers from the University of Texas have managed to hack the GPS system of a flying drone and redirect it. The actions of the team however were encouraged by the US Department of Homeland Security. They were asked to attempt to hack the drone as a security check and spent just $1,000 on the equipment needed.
The fact that the team were successful in their mission will most certainly prompt questions about the security put in place to avoid such actions. [Read more...]
A University of Texas study has revealed that the risk of women getting heart disease because of contracting human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a lot higher than previously thought. There are about 37 different strains of the sexually transmitted disease HPV, which is already known to cause certain types of cancer. Data was gathered from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of about 2,500 women and 20 percent of patients who were found to have heart disease had no other underlying cause. [Read more...]