Science

15 Innovators Reshaping Texas

Jan 23, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Today’s wildcatters find rich veins of opportunity in everything from tortillas to interplanetary travel. Meet the dreamers and risk-takers shaping our future.

A Brief History of Texas Innovators

Jan 23, 2018 By David Courtney

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…

Why Hurricane Harvey Will Happen Again

Sep 21, 2017 By Tom Foster

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?

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Seeing the Body

Jul 24, 2017 By Rachel Pearson

"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."

Out of Africa

Nov 23, 2016 By Mimi Swartz

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.

The Iconoclast

Oct 19, 2016 By Eric Benson

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.

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A Love Unearthed

Sep 21, 2016 By Sarah Wilson

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.

When the Dust Settles

Aug 24, 2016 By Eva Hershaw

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.

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Unfriendly Climate

Apr 15, 2016 By Sonia Smith

Katharine Hayhoe has made it her life’s mission to proclaim the truth about climate change. Can she get the skeptics to listen?

Gender Bender

Feb 24, 2016 By Francesca Mari

Colt Keo-Meier is Texas’s preeminent researcher on transgender issues. But for him, it’s not just about the science. It’s personal.

Put to the Test

Jan 27, 2016 By Dan Solomon

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?

False Impressions

Dec 23, 2015 By Michael Hall

How the once troubled Texas Forensic Science Commission put the state at the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement.