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Sept. 17, 2021
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Looking for Solutions for Residents Feeling Extreme Heat
For the past 20 years, heatwaves in Austin have worsened. Climate scientists believe this upward swing in extreme heat is in part due to a "heat island" effect, in which urbanized communities experience higher temperatures than outlying areas.
Sept. 16, 2021
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The Next Generation of Flood Response
A team of Planet Texas 2050 researchers are creating a mobile app that will allow first responders to track flooding in real-time. It is made using sophisticated flood maps developed over a decade.
Sept. 16, 2021
As AI Becomes Ubiquitous, There are Risks, Says New AI100 Report
Artificial intelligence has reached a critical turning point in its evolution, according to a new report called AI100 by an international panel of experts assessing the state of the field for the second time in five years.
Sept. 16, 2021
To Save Lives, Researchers Are Creating An Online Library Of Potential Flood Maps
Planet Texas 2050 researchers are creating a mobile app that will allow first responders to track flooding in real-time. The new technology could help save lives and property.
Sept. 9, 2021
Ethical Artificial Intelligence is Focus of New Robotics Program
The National Science Foundation has awarded $3 million for a new University of Texas at Austin robotics program that will prioritize ethics education.
Aug. 17, 2021
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Telling Climate Change Stories
Planet Texas 2050 is teaming up with The Drag Audio on a new podcast that will explore topics related to climate change, including everything from flooding to renewable energy.
Aug. 9, 2021
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Ensuring Privacy, One Data Point at a Time
The information apps collect is extremely powerful because it enables technology to help make our lives better, safer, healthier, and — especially in times like we’ve experienced over the past year — more socially connected. For instance, apps have helped contact tracers with COVID-19 response.
July 28, 2021
Climate Change-Related Heat Waves Are A Major Threat To Public Health
Heat waves are to blame for more deaths in the U.S. than any other type of severe weather, and they're becoming more frequent and unpredictable due to humans-driven climate alterations. Jackson School of Geosciences Professor Dev Niyogi interviews with Texas Public Radio about this topic.
July 9, 2021
Beyond the Weather Report
Planet Texas 2050 is teaming up with the Drag Audio on a new environmental podcast that explores topics related to climate change, including everything from flooding to renewable energy. The podcast will feature expertise and interviews with Planet Texas 2050 researchers.
July 8, 2021
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Public Health Nurses Once Again Asking, “What Are They Thinking?”
Nursing associate professor Karen Johnson and assistant professor Whitney Thurman explain why they think the CDC was too quick to lift masking requirements post-vaccine.