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Pushing Boundries
How has the Campaign for Texas advanced research at UT? Here are some highlights from the past year.

Super Computing

Stampede, UT’s newest supercomputer, is one of the most advanced systems on the planet and the most powerful in the U.S. dedicated to academic research. Everything from today’s weather report to the car you drive was designed or improved by a supercomputer, and Stampede is leading the way.

Folding Laptops

UT received a major National Science Foundation grant to create and lead a center aimed at developing technologies that could lead to foldable laptops and batteries and wearable sensors.

Massive Black Hole

UT astrophysicists have discovered the largest known black hole, a behemoth 17 billion times heavier than our sun. They found the phenomenon, which could be the first object in a new class of galaxy-black hole systems, using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory.

Clean Water

Nearly a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. But that could change with UT’s development of a “water chip” that separates salt from seawater. This breakthrough turns an expensive and cumbersome process into a potential world changer.

Invisibility Cloak

Taking a page from Harry Potter, Cockrell School of Engineering researchers created a real-life invisibility cloak. Practical applications (other than eluding evil wizards) might include uses in noninvasive sensing devices and biomedical instruments.

Electronic Tattoo

Strapping on electrodes to monitor the heart may soon be a thing of the past. UT researchers have developed an electronic tattoo that can measure electrical activity of the body, including heart rate, brain activity, and muscle movement. ??