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100 Year Starship: Making Sure Human Space Travel Becomes a Reality

Posted on · The 100 Year Starship is an initiative to make sure progress continues toward human interstellar space travel. Its annual public symposium begins Thursday, and continues through the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. One of the key figures behind the initiative is Dr. Mae Jemison. She’s a former astronaut — the first African-American […]

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Abortion, Remembering Joe Sample, and Frontier Jazz Orchestra: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Posted on · Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year. The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. […]

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First Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our first annual “newcomers guide to Houston.” Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in H-town, this will be a must listen. We’ll cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on […]

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Future of NASA and Space, and Theatres on the Move: Houston Matters for Thursday, August 21, 2014

Posted on · Houston was once Space City – but it simply may not be anymore. As government priorities change, privatization nudges out NASA, and we hitch Russian rides to the space station, what's Houston's role in space? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the Houston Chronicle “Sci Guy” Eric Berger about the future of […]

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What Role Do Genetics Play in Determining Your Political Beliefs?

Posted on · Have you ever wondered why you believe what you believe politically and ideologically? Most of us have long assumed our family and friends, our experiences, and the view we have of the world that surrounds us all help influence our opinions. But a recent study from Rice University suggests biology may well play a factor […]

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EPA in Galena Park, Kindergarten Boot Camp, and Roller Derby: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Posted on · The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday held a public hearing in Galena Park, where residents called for the federal agency to adopt stricter emissions standards for oil refineries, in order to reduce exposure to benzene, a cancer-causing chemical. The meeting was the second and final public hearing over the new rules, which would require oil refineries […]

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Port of Houston Pilots, Chikungunya, Gangs, and The Princess Bride: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Posted on · Back in March, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the bay. The carrier was being guided by an experienced pilot, Mike Pizzitola. But according to federal court documents and other records obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Pizzitola has been involved in two […]

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Teen Invents High-Tech Water Filter Using Nanotechnology

Posted on · We learn about Perry Alagappan, a 17-year-old junior at Clear Lake High School, who recently won the Best of Category Award in Environmental Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Alagappan’s project: he invented a filter that uses carbon nanotubes to remove toxic metals from water.

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BooTown Re-Edits & Reinterprets Well-Known Movies in Live Performances

Posted on · You might be familiar with the concept of riffing on movies – whether it’s you and your friends making fun of a bad movie in your living room or via shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000. But a Houston performance group is taking the concept a step further – not just mocking movies, but re-editing […]

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Funeral Museum Sees its Image Changing

Posted on · When you tell people you’re going to visit the National Museum of Funeral History, you’re bound to get at least one comment along the lines of “that sounds a bit morbid.” That’s exactly what happened last week to Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty. Michael took a tour of the museum with its president, Genevieve Keeney, who […]

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Bats Play a Significant Role in Houston Ecosystem

Posted on · Houston is home to more than ten species of bats, many of them living in trees. If you’re surprised to learn those two facts, then you probably think you don’t know too much about these winged animals. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. That’s the very reason we sent Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin out to […]

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Original Edition of the Magna Carta on Display at Houston Museum

Posted on · An original edition of the Magna Carta from the year 1217 is on display now through Aug. 17 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology at the museum, tells us about the document, its historical significance and its legacy — including influencing the US Bill of Rights. Along with […]

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Houston is Home to the Nation’s First Mobile Stroke Unit

Posted on · Houston is now home to the nation’s first mobile stroke unit. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, unveiled the new vehicle earlier this month. It’s an ambulance equipped with a scanner that allows the team on board to quickly assess whether a […]

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Could Art Create Better STEM Students?

Posted on · There's a growing movement to incorporate the arts into STEM learning, an initiative called STEAM. A research project out of the University of Houston says bringing arts into the same fold as science, technology, engineering and math will increase the quality of graduates in those fields. We look at how integrating the arts would impact […]