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Americans continue to lag behind numerous other countries in math and science. According to scientists, education in these fields is severely lacking. A 2015 Pew Research report found scientists said 46% of K-12 STEM education was “below average” and only 16% was “above average.” The Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at…

According to the new research, dino sounds may be what scientists call “closed-mouth vocalizations.” Unlike the high-pitched chirps and tweets from the open beaks of songbirds, the closed-mouth sounds are low, throaty whooshes of air. A flesh sac called an esophageal pouch enables birds with proportionally large bodies — think pigeons or doves — to produce the low murmurs. The researchers…

Aerosol particles—the tiny bits of dust and other matter expelled by everything from volcanoes and dust storms to car exhaust and power plants—might be making thunderstorms more extreme, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Clouds form when water droplets coalesce around these tiny particles suspended in…

Scientists think that 66 million years ago, a giant asteroid struck Earth near what is now the Gulf of Mexico, devastating the planet and wiping out the dominant form of life, the dinosaurs. But what happened next? University of Texas geophysics professor Sean Gulick has been spending significant chunks of the last two months on…

In a discovery that could shed new light on the past habitability of Mars and provide new insight into how to deal with the climate change problem back here on Earth, a team of researchers found evidence of an ice age recorded in the polar deposits of the Red Planet. Writing in Friday’s edition of the journal…

Oil and gas activities may have caused nearly nine in 10 of the earthquakes Texas has experienced in the past 40 years, and the quakes have become more frequent as oilfield activity has picked up in the past decade, according to a forthcoming study. Of the 162 Texas earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater between…

Scientists ringing alarm bells about the melting of Antarctica have focused most of their attention, so far, on the smaller West Antarctic ice sheet, which is grounded deep below sea level and highly exposed to the influence of warming seas. But new research published in the journal Nature Wednesday reaffirms that there’s a possibly even bigger — if slower moving — threat in…

When did it become wrong to challenge science? There is a recent move to publicly bully, disparage and shame those who challenge a purported scientific consensus. It may feel satisfying in the short term to deal with the “deniers” via public belittling or even legal action, but in the long run, this tactic will erode…

Energy Bankers Get a Hot Meal

In merging, Range Resources and Memorial Resource Development have thrown each other a lifeline and starving energy bankers a bone. I wrote here about how Range’s takeover of Memorial, structured as an all-stock deal, was like a disguised equity issuance to bolster the balance sheet. At $4.4 billion, it is also the largest deal between…

A new study in the April 22 Edition of Science reveals that volcanic activity associated with plate-tectonic movement of continents may be responsible for climactic shifts from hot to cold over tens and hundreds of millions of years throughout much of Earth’s history. The study, led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin…

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