On a special edition of the National Podcast of Texas, the pioneering vaccine scientist on why he believes banking on miracle cures and treatments is mortally dangerous.
The population geneticist and UT-Austin professor on pandemics, SXSW, and what our DNA says about our ability to adapt to infectious diseases.
On the National Podcast of Texas, the author of 'You’re Not Listening' argues that by tuning each other out, we’re only hurting ourselves.
Treatments for chronic Lyme disease are controversial and expensive. As a last resort, some patients are pursuing this unproven and painful alternative.
Many researchers believe in the potential of stem cells to treat a host of diseases. But for some patients, lack of oversight of the multibillion-dollar industry has had disastrous consequences.
New PBS space-race documentary ’Chasing the Moon’ highlights her challenges as the only woman in Mission Control.
The ”don’t trust the government” right and the ”don’t trust the government” left overlap when it comes to vaccines.
The 22-year-old star of the Netflix science program ’Brainchild,’ also a UT senior, on representation, science, and life as a young role model.
On our latest podcast, the co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development offers a warning about the rise of the anti-vaccine movement and Texas’s risk of a measles outbreak.
On our latest podcast, a conversation about chemistry and cancer with the UT-Austin assistant professor recently honored with a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
It’s the greatest honor the Houston-based cancer immunologist can imagine—even more than playing onstage with Willie Nelson.
In this exclusive excerpt from 'Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart,' world-renowned Houston surgeon Bud Frazier races to help an ailing patient by implanting a revolutionary device that may one day save millions of lives.
The Saharan dust brings us hotter days, hazy skies, and nicer sunsets.
The film debuts at the Dallas International Film Festival this weekend.
Morton, renowned eco-philosopher and co-curator of a new art exhibit at Ballroom Marfa, sees global warming as a new beginning, not an end.
Today’s wildcatters find rich veins of opportunity in everything from tortillas to interplanetary travel. Meet the dreamers and risk-takers shaping our future.
As an eighteen-year-old immigrant to the U.S., Franklin Chang Díaz dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now, decades after tying the record for most spaceflights, he might be the best bet to get us to Mars.
When the early Texas rancher Charles Goodnight invented the chuck wagon, in 1866, he didn’t just presage today’s food trucks; he solved an immediate problem, which was how to keep cowboys on the remote parts of the range well-fed. During the rough-and-tumble frontier days, Texas demanded such…
The fault lines had been inactive for 300 million years before fracking started.
Texas is at risk of a measles outbreak, yet few have blamed the state’s anti-vaccine movement. Enter Peter Hotez, an affable scientist who decided he’d had enough.
One of the museum’s most popular attractions is back and bigger than ever.
By the end of the 21st century, a 100-year storm like Harvey could become a five-and-a-half-year storm in Texas.
Methane hydrate, the compound recovered by the scientists, could provide power to future generations.
Houston politicians may have lied to the city's residents about the ferocity of the storm. If they did lie, they did the right thing.
Don’t blame Samuel Brody, the professor who’s been warning for years that Houston was at risk for a Harvey-style flood, if he’s feeling a tinge of vindication. Now, will anyone listen to his suggestions for what to do next?
Are mosquito-borne illnesses Hurricane Harvey's next threat?
Eight million Texans—almost the population of New York City—live in areas affected by the storm.
A chat with the Dallas doctor in charge of the country’s most ambitious study of traumatic brain injuries among student athletes.
"When I returned to Port Aransas during my last year of medical school, I began to look at my hometown through an entirely different lens."
Basic research needs major money as well.
The UT Austin president and the director of innovation have a clear desire for a startup focused campus, but implementation is complicated.
Winning the MacArthur “genius grant” was a career highlight for Rice professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum. But it was a visit to Malawi that changed her life.
What is killing the Gulf of Mexico’s majestic coral reefs?
Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.
For many years, my grandfather’s work as a paleontologist was remote and obscure to me. Then I discovered our shared awe of West Texas.
Carbon wasn’t always abundant on Earth, and the building block’s extraterrestrial arrival may have been spectacularly violent.
After Texas Tech researchers discovered that windstorms may be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria from local feedlots, public health experts stood up and took notice. So did the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
A look at the state of the West Texas sinkholes.
The dean of Dell Medical School wants to reinvent health care for the twenty-first century.
Katharine Hayhoe has made it her life’s mission to proclaim the truth about climate change. Can she get the skeptics to listen?
The space exploration company achieved a big milestone—and took the pictures to prove it.
The long tail of the Planned Parenthood videos continues to get longer as a House subcommittee prepares to subpoena Parkinson's researchers.
Baylor University Medical Center will be one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to begin this groundbreaking clinical trial.
It fights AIDS even when it breaks, helps a fella out, and claims to feel better than not using a condom at all.
Colt Keo-Meier is Texas’s preeminent researcher on transgender issues. But for him, it’s not just about the science. It’s personal.
For children with debilitating epilepsy, an unprecedented medical trial in Fort Worth offers a glimmer of hope. But if it works, is the state ready to embrace medical marijuana?
How the once troubled Texas Forensic Science Commission put the state at the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement.
Texas wildlife officials say they’re just trying to stop the spread of a deadly infection. Deer breeders see another agenda at work.
The boy whose clock made him an international celebrity has found a new school far away from Irving.
The Houstonian's new PBS television series "The Brain" could do for neuroscience what "Cosmos" did for space.