Arts and Culture
6:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Photos: Inside the Giant, Architecturally Designed Inflatable Castle Visiting Austin

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Architects of Air are back in Austin. Sound, color and light are all utilized to the fullest in this immersive experience hosted at the Long Center.

The art installation resembles a giant inflatable castle, occupies half a football field and rises to the height of a 3-story house. This visually overwhelming experience is created by sunlight streaming into the castle, bringing with it all kinds of bright colors and shapes.

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Scientists Close to Testing Tracers for Drilling Fluid

Andrew Barron, a researcher at Rice University, holds up a vial of "nano rust". This fluid may be used to identify drilling operations that are contaminating ground water.
Dave Fehling/StateImpact Texas

As the debate over the safety of fracking continues between politicians, environmentalists and oil companies, some scientists may have found a way to test the drilling procedure.

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Arts and Culture
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

UT Prof Works to Define Elusive Concept of Happiness

People define happiness differently, but a couple of traits are universal.
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We all think we know what happy means. But when you get down to it, how would we actually define it? Raj Raghunathan has tried. He teaches marketing at UT’s McCombs School of Business. He studies, among other things, consumer behavior, decision theory, and happiness. Raghunathan says different people define happiness differently, but a couple of traits are universal. It’s a positive emotion, and we want to experience it. But, he says, pursuing society’s most common markers of happiness won’t actually get us there.

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Health
5:29 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Cedar Fever: Why its Late and What to Do Now That its Here

Cedar fever season has finally arrived, much to everyone's disappointment.
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The cedar fever season might have arrived a little late this year, but it is packing a punch now that it is here.

The Allergy and Asthma Center in Georgetown reported a pollen count of 6,646 grains per liter of air on Monday, a new high for the season. Caused by the pollen of mountain cedar (or ashe juniper) trees, cedar fever plagues Central Texas every winter, leaving its victims with a cough, sore throat, and a runny nose.

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Austin
5:20 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Video: Austin Celebrates MLK Day Parade on UT Campus

Austinites gathered on University of Texas campus today to remember the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the annual parade to honor the civil rights leader's legacy.

Participants in the march started at the MLK statue on the UT Campus, then made their way to the State Capitol to hear a performance by the Sweet Home Baptist Church Choir from Round Rock, and concluded with a festival at Huston-Tillotson University.

2013 Presidential inauguration
4:55 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

First Family Stays the Course on Inaugural Fashion

First lady Michelle Obama arrives at the Senate carriage entrance for the presidential inauguration ceremonies at the U.S Capitol.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:24 pm

Update at 9:05 p.m. ET Michelle Obama's Dress

NBC News is reporting that the first lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown, Jimmy Choo shoes and a ring by Kimberly McDonald to the Commander in Chief Ball. The White House said that the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives at the end of the inaugural events.

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Austin
3:47 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Austin's Home Sales Still Rising

2012: year-end figures show momentum in Austin real state coursing steadily into 2013.
Daniel Reese for KUT News

The Austin real estate market stayed bullish in 2012 with home sales hitting their highest level in five years and experts predicting more growth in 2013.

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Arts and Culture
3:26 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Antone's Leaving Fifth St. Location

Antone's has been a staple among live music venues for over 30 years
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Antone’s will reportedly move out of its West 5th location in favor of a more customer-friendly location.

The club's Frank Hendrix said Antone’s current location has hampered concert-goers due to traffic and lack of parking availability in the warehouse district area. Last year, Hendrix relocated both Emo’s and Beauty Ballroom from the downtown area to East Riverside, in favor of larger spaces.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In Address, Obama Begins Setting Second Term Agenda

President Obama gives his inaugural address after taking the oath of office Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 7:59 pm

President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, calling on Americans to work together to preserve entitlements, address climate change and extend civil rights.

"Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play," the president said. "Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune."

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Lance Armstrong
12:45 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Moving Lance Armstrong's Books to 'Fiction' Section?

Mass reports that an Australian Library is moving Lance Armstrong's books from the nonfiction section to the fiction section has proven false.
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Reports that an Australian library is moving books by and about Lance Armstrong from non-fiction to fiction have proven false, much to the disappointment of those leaving comments on Amazon.com.

USA Today, the UK’s Daily Mail and more recently tech-news site Mashable have all reported that Manly Library, a public library in Sydney, recatalogued Armstrong books following the cyclist’s confession to Oprah Winfrey last week. In an exclusive interview with the talk show host, Armstrong admitted to doping, lying and bullying.

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Arts and Culture
12:02 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Circuit of the Americas Opening Music Venue in Spring

The Tower Amphitheater will have a capacity for over 15,000 fans
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The Circuit of the Americas announced today that they will debut their shiny new music venue, the Tower Amphitheater, this spring with a concert featuring country music star Kenny Chesney on April 5.

COTA officials say the festival will bring new opportunities to the complex largely known for motorsports, and that they plan on scheduling 15 to 20 shows a year to keep the circuit occupied between race days.

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Arts and Culture
11:50 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Meet the Austin DJ Spinning Obama’s Inaugural Ball

Austin's DJ Mel is playing Obama's inagural ball and at the National Day of Service on the National Mall in D.C.
djmel.com

It’s a long way from the sweaty dance floor of a club called Nasty’s to President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball in Washington D.C. But it’s a trek Austin’s DJ Mel has made.

DJ Mel, aka Mel Sandico, is a fixture of Austin’s club scene. DJing in Austin since 1995, he’s kept a weekly hip hop night going at Nasty’s for nearly as long. And since 2001, every couple of months he drops “Rock the Casbah,” a musical-mashup of the best the ‘80s has to offer. That’s not to mention gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and more: “club dates, weddings, in-stores … you name it,” he says.

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University of Texas
11:15 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Look At These Hundreds of Photos of UT Whiteboard Doodles

Frank Meaker, flickr.com/utlibraries

With classes back in session on the 40 Acres, it won’t be long before students are huddled around books and notes, cramming for exams.

It’s a time that Frank Meaker has come to catalog – but not on a way you’d expect.

Meaker’s been with the University of Texas for 25 years; for the last 10 years, Meaker’s worked at the Perry-Castañeda Library as a maintenance specialist. Toward the end of each semester, he noticed the whiteboards in study rooms would be filled with drawings – some crude, some detailed, but all a window into stressed-out students’ minds.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom'

President Obama taking the oath of office today on the steps of the Capitol. First Lady Michelle Obama held the two Bibles on which he placed his hand.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 6:25 pm

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Texas
9:49 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Four Texans Linked to Algerian Hostage Crisis

Map Data @2013 Google

There's been a lot of confusion in the aftermath of the four-day long hostage crisis at a remote Algerian natural gas production facility. KUT News takes a look at the information and tries to sort out the information relevant to Texas.

The siege ended in a violent standoff Saturday, after security forces stormed the natural gas production facility, leaving a preliminary count of 58 hostages dead. That number is likely to go up as more information becomes available. The New York Times reports “there are a good 20 bodies,” some badly burned, left to be identified.

Details are murky about who survived and who was lost during the siege, but what is known is that out of the reported 685 Algerian and 107 foreign workers at the plant, at least four Texans have been linked to the crisis.

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