Republicans Call for Statehood for Red Planet

Tweet In the wake of evidence of liquid water being found on Mars, Congressional Republicans have called for Mars to become the 51st state. While GOP leaders in Congress said their call for annexation was to spread freedom and open new markets, a staff member revealed another motive. “Our caucus looked at all the support we get Read More …

Satellites take the measure of water on Earth

Tweet NASA scientists surveying water resources around the world with a pair of satellites 320 miles above Earth noticed something unusual in northwestern India in 2009. Farmers in the area known as the Bread Basket of India, which encompasses 438,000 square kilometers, were emptying the region’s aquifer faster than it could be replenished. Further investigation Read More …

Hermann Muller: Genetic science pioneer

Tweet In the 1920s, J.T. Patterson, the chairman of the Department of Zoology at The University of Texas at Austin, wanted to push his school into the top ranks of genetic research. So he did what Texans do, he recruited a top player for his team. The recruit was Hermann J. Muller, a born-and-raised New Read More …

With Split, HP Joins Tech Drama Club

Tweet Tech companies are in a splitting up mood as Hewlett-Packard’s break up shows. First posted on Bizmology. Hewlett-Packard became the latest company to make plans to split into two. CEO Meg Whitman announced Monday that Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will sell enterprise software and services while HP Inc.’s business will be in personal computers and printers. Read More …

Chasing butterflies leads biologist to illuminate global warming trend

Tweet This story was published on the Research page of the University of Texas at Austin website. Camille Parmesan grew up in Houston, where oil was not only the city’s business, it was her family’s business. Her mother, Dorothy Johnson Parmesan was a geologist for Magnolia Oil Co., and Parmesan’s sister, Anne Gafford, now works Read More …

Love having written and getting paid for it

Tweet Here’s a part of the Written.com story that didn’t fit in the one I wrote for SiliconHillsNews.com. Part of the motivation behind Written.com is to help writers get paid for writing, according to Josh Kerr, one of Written’s four co-founders and the company’s chief executive. Kerr says paychecks don’t often reflect the contributions that Read More …

WP Engine Revs Up on WordPress

Tweet It’s Ticketpalooza Day at WP Engine, the Austin-based company that offers managed hosting services for WordPress-based websites. About 30 members of the company’s support staff are gathered around two long tables fielding calls from customers having problems with their websites. The support reps tap on their laptops, lean over to look at a neighbor’s computer Read More …

Solving the Breast Cancer Puzzle

Tweet The way Stanislav Emelianov puts it, Mother Nature presented us with the puzzle of breast cancer. But Mother Nature has also provided the tools with which we solve the puzzle. Emelianov and other researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin give Mother Nature a boost with their engineering acumen Read More …

Sand Gods: Aeolian Expertise Helps Curiosity Navigate the Shifting Sands of Mars

Tweet Mars might be named for the god of war in Roman mythology, but today it’s ruled by Aeolus, who in Greek mythology had dominion over wind. As other geologic processes have faded in impact, wind is the force that has the greatest current bearing on shaping geology on the planet where change has occurred Read More …