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What kind of relationship do you have with your unconscious? Are you friends, enemies, allies, foes?

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A warm, sunny day greeted about 3,000 attendees to the first ever Science Fiesta on Saturday, March 5, a brand-new event conceived of and organized by Travis Block, graduate student at UT Health Science Center.

The astronomer whose work helped kick Pluto out of the pantheon of planets says he has good reason to believe there's an undiscovered planet bigger than Earth lurking in the distant reaches of our solar system.

For now, they're known by working names, like ununseptium and ununtrium — two of the four new chemical elements whose discovery has been officially verified. The elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 will get permanent names soon, according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

The Source: Altering Memory To Help PTSD

Dec 9, 2015

Memories are a crucial part of getting through the day, doing your job, and your identity. While memories can often feel like absolute truth, science doesn't agree. 

Creating and storing memories is not a fail-proof process and is not yet completely understood. According to the most recent theory, when something happens, different parts of the scenario are stored in different areas of the brain. As the memory is recalled, it is actually reconstructed and sometimes pieces are missing or put back in the wrong order.

Why There Are Still So Few Women In Science

Oct 26, 2015

Here’s a question for every woman who’s ever loved science but didn’t pursue it as a career: Why? Eileen Pollack has wrestled with that question for most of her life, and she tried to find the answer in her new book, “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club.” Pollack spoke with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti, originally on Radio Boston.

Jack Morgan

The Witte’s 100 million dollar re-do continues, but it’s not affecting the exhibit schedule. The  exhibit is beautiful, fascinating, and while it may sound creepy, is really educational. Witte President Marise McDermott talks about the process used to turn donated bodies into the Bodies Revealed exhibit, which is opening Saturday:

Nick Stepowyj

Jane Goodall changed the way we look at primates and at ourselves. Her generations long study of Chimpanzees revolutionized our understanding of our genetic forebears. Her observations of the use of tools, the hunting of other, smaller species of monkeys, and the familial relationships all laid the groundwork for a new paradigm in the Human-Primate relationship.

A new book, "The Jane Effect" charts the impact of her work and celebrity on the study of primates and how we view nature. 


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This weekend the University of Texas Health Science Center will host the Texas Biomedical Institute, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UTSA, and others for a symposium on how to get scientists to explain tough science to a general audience.


  • Teresa Evans, Director of the office of Career Development at the University of Texas Health Science Center
  • David Weiss, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center

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Can mindfulness and meditation really affect our physical selves? What role does the brain have in healing and pain management? What are the effects of stress and depression on our heart and other vital organs?