UT Professor Debunks Climate Change "Myths"

The Brazos River runs dry in Knox County, Texas, during the summer drought of 2011. At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board said that water availability models in the state will have to change, though he didn't say whether the state would look directly at possible effects of climate change in the planning.
The Brazos River runs dry in Knox County, Texas, during the summer drought of 2011. At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board said that water availability models in the state will have to change, though he didn't say whether the state would look directly at possible effects of climate change in the planning.

The head of the UT's Energy Institute, Raymond Orbach, is wading into politicized territory with a new paper aiming to debunk eight "myths" about climate change.

UT "Stampedes" Ahead With New Supercomputer

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) deployed the Ranger supercomputer in February 2008. In January 2013, TACC will deploy Ranger’s replacement, Stampede, which will be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) deployed the Ranger supercomputer in February 2008. In January 2013, TACC will deploy Ranger’s replacement, Stampede, which will be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

UT's newest supercomputer, named Stampede, is expected to support more than 1,000 projects in computational and data-driven science and engineering from across the country, putting Texas on the cutting edge of scientific discovery.

Carolyn Brittin: The TT Interview

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Carolyn Brittin, the Texas Water Development Board official in charge of overseeing the state's five-year water plan
Carolyn Brittin, the Texas Water Development Board official in charge of overseeing the state's five-year water plan

The deputy executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board on overseeing the 295-page water plan, what the state should spend to fully ensure it has adequate water supplies and what scares her about the future. 

What to Look for in Tonight's GOP Debate

The auditorium seats saved for Republican VIP's at Dartmouth College, site of the fourth Republican candidate debate on October 11, 2011.  Texas Governor Rick Perry's seats are in another section of the auditorium.
The auditorium seats saved for Republican VIP's at Dartmouth College, site of the fourth Republican candidate debate on October 11, 2011. Texas Governor Rick Perry's seats are in another section of the auditorium.

Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune on what to look for in tonight's Republican debate, what it will take for Gov. Rick Perry to rebound and why the governor may have the upper hand this time around.

Texas Research Into Heat, Bleeding May Help Soldiers

Becky Lucas, post doctoral fellow, assists in the set up of the environmental chamber, Antionne Williams, 31, volunteer research subject,  lies in for heat exposure as part of  research at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Friday September 30, 2011.
Becky Lucas, post doctoral fellow, assists in the set up of the environmental chamber, Antionne Williams, 31, volunteer research subject, lies in for heat exposure as part of research at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Friday September 30, 2011.

Researchers in Dallas hope their clinical tests will improve care for soldiers in the Middle East and even for construction workers, firefighters and other outdoor workers who sustain bleeding injuries in the Texas summer heat.

Morton Case Sparks Calls for Texas Evidence Law Reform

Michael Morton sits beside his mother, Patricia Morton, during an emotional press conference after a judge agreed to release him on personal bond after he spent nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife.
Michael Morton sits beside his mother, Patricia Morton, during an emotional press conference after a judge agreed to release him on personal bond after he spent nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife.

In the wake of Michael Morton's release from prison last week based on DNA testing that shows someone else killed his wife 25 years ago, defense lawyers are calling for reforms to ensure prosecutors must turn over exculpatory evidence.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/3/11

Murphy, Ramshaw and Root on Rick Perry and race, Philpott on Perry's vague economic plans, Tan and Wiseman on Barack Obama's foray into Texas to defend his jobs plan, Aguilar on Perry's proposal to send U.S. troops to Mexico, Ramshaw on efforts to leash rising health care costs, M. Smith on upcoming legal challenges to the state's school finance system, Aaronson interactively explores Medicare spending proposals, Galbraith on efforts to pass — and to oppose — a $6 billion water program, Grissom on the release of a man wrongly convicted of murder and Hamilton on efforts to let the public write some legislation: The best of our best content from October 3 to 7, 2011.