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US Army Award to Further UT Bioenergy Research

Barry Bruce

In faraway places around the world, US soldiers are challenged with carrying out missions despite the lack of access to energy supplies. A UT bioenergy researcher has received funding from the US Department of Defense to help find a solution.

World Cup Fever: Study Shows Group Fervor Stems from Shared Experiences

The 2014 World Cup has captured the attention of billions of viewers around the globe. New research from UT suggests that it is the shared attention that makes these games so emotionally compelling. Assistant Professor Garriy Shteynberg and Associate Professor Jeff Larsen from the Department of Psychology conducted the study, which showed that emotional events are more intense when viewed simultaneously with other group members.

Time: Squid Protein: Our Best Defense Against Chemical Weapons?

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Time wrote about a recent study by UT and ORNL researchers, published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, that focuses on the engineering of enzymes produced in the bodies of squid that may be effective in breaking down nerve gasses and other deadly chemical weapons. The team aspires to create a prophylactic drug from these enzymes that will mitigate their harmful effects on humans, but first they must modify the enzymes to ensure that the human body won’t destroy them first.