Matt Largey http://kut.org en Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell http://kut.org/post/listen-worst-yelp-reviews-barton-springs-and-mount-bonnell <p>Mount Bonnell and Barton Springs are two of Austin's eternal treasures –unblemished reminders of Austin's natural beauty.</p><p>But to a handful of reviewers on Yelp, they're totally overrated.</p><p>Mount Bonnell's scenic overlook <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mount-bonnell-austin">rates a solid four stars</a> on Yelp; Austin's crown jewel, Barton Springs Pool, clocks in <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/barton-springs-pool-austin">at four-and-a-half</a>.&nbsp; But proving you can't please everyone, a collection of contrary reviews offer an antithetical take on these two Austin institutions.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:00:36 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Matt Largey 10656 at http://kut.org Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell How to Sound Like You're From Austin (in 90 Seconds) http://kut.org/post/how-sound-youre-austin-90-seconds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do you think of when you think of Austin?</span></p><p>Live music, hot summers, breakfast tacos and the people come to mind for starters. But spend a little time here, and another thing jumps out at you – the "Austin correct" pronunciation of local streets and landmarks.</p><p></p><p>Take <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/@30.2857938,-97.7421852,18z">Guadalupe Street</a> across from the UT Campus ­–&nbsp;pronounced <em>Gwad-a-loop </em>by generations of students and residents.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:58:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Matt Largey 10561 at http://kut.org How to Sound Like You're From Austin (in 90 Seconds) Flash Flood Watch Canceled, All Low Water Crossings Now Open http://kut.org/post/flash-flood-watch-canceled-all-low-water-crossings-now-open <p><strong>Update 6:45 a.m.: </strong>The City of Austin has now opened all of the low water crossings on Spicewood Springs Road around Loop 360. <a href="http://www.atxfloods.com/index.php" target="_blank">Low water crossings</a> at Terry-o Lane near Ben White Boulevard.</p><p>The Lower Colorado River Authority says some rain did fall in the watershed, which will help with low lake levels. Right now, Lakes Travis and Buchanan are still sitting at about 36 percent full.</p><p>Austin Firefighters are blaming lightning on at least three overnight fires – including one at an apartment building in southeast Austin. No one was injured in the fires.</p><p>About 1,500 Austin Energy customers are without power this morning.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:47:08 +0000 Matt Largey & Laura Rice 10405 at http://kut.org Flash Flood Watch Canceled, All Low Water Crossings Now Open Astronomers Set Out to Find the Sun's Long Lost Sibling - And Succeeded http://kut.org/post/astronomers-set-out-find-suns-long-lost-sibling-and-succeeded <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Ivan Ramirez started his search about a year ago, he really didn’t think he’d find much.</span></p><p>"We expected it to be either one or zero," says Ramirez, an astronomer at UT-Austin.</p><p>Ramirez and his crew were looking through thousands and thousands of stars –&nbsp;all in order to find just the right one.&nbsp;</p><p>“We're looking for the stars that were born with the sun," he says. "Because our sun, like most other stars, was born in a cluster – probably a thousand to ten thousand other stars. We know that there are a few that we can detect that are nearby, but it’s been a really tough job to do."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148743269&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:07:48 +0000 Matt Largey 10390 at http://kut.org Astronomers Set Out to Find the Sun's Long Lost Sibling - And Succeeded Austin: What's the One Thing That Would Make Life On Your Block Better? http://kut.org/post/austin-whats-one-thing-would-make-life-your-block-better <p>What's the one thing that would make life&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">on your block</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;better? </span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Largey 10226 at http://kut.org Austin: What's the One Thing That Would Make Life On Your Block Better? REWATCH: Dan Patrick and Julian Castro Immigration Debate http://kut.org/post/rewatch-dan-patrick-and-julian-castro-immigration-debate <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="326" scrolling="no" src="http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4773527/events/2922167/videos/48165610/player?width=580&amp;height=326&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p>State Senator and GOP Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick faced off against San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in a televised debate over immigration tonight at 6pm.</p><p>The debate was moderated by the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:20:04 +0000 Matt Largey 10228 at http://kut.org Austin Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7pm http://kut.org/post/austin-area-under-severe-thunderstorm-watch-until-7pm <p>The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Bastrop, Burnet, Blanco, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties until 7 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>The watch means conditions are right for strong winds and large hail, if storms develop.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:42:54 +0000 Matt Largey 10056 at http://kut.org Austin Area Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7pm Austin School Superintendent Carstarphen Leaving for Atlanta http://kut.org/post/austin-school-superintendent-carstarphen-leaving-atlanta <p>Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen&nbsp;has been named as the sole finalist for the superintendent&nbsp;job in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p>She was chosen from a list of four candidates for the position.</p><p>Carstarphen came to Austin ISD in 2009. The district has faced significant challenges during her tenure, including $60 million in funding cuts after the 2011 Legislative session.</p><p>In a statement today, Carstarphen said Austin had risen to meet those challenges.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:12:40 +0000 Kate McGee & Matt Largey 10050 at http://kut.org Austin School Superintendent Carstarphen Leaving for Atlanta Appeals Court Upholds Provisions of Texas' Abortion Law http://kut.org/post/appeals-court-upholds-provisions-texas-abortion-law <p>An appeals court has upheld Texas' controversial new rules tightening rules for &nbsp;abortion providers. &nbsp;</p><p>The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on two elements of House Bill 2. One requires abortion doctors to receive <a href="http://kut.org/post/what-it-takes-texas-abortion-doctors-get-admitting-privileges">admitting privileges</a> at a hospital 30 miles from the clinic. The other requires doctors to follow an <a href="http://kut.org/post/what-fda-drug-guidelines-say-texas-new-abortion-law">FDA label</a> for medically-induced abortions, which requires more face-to-face visits with a physician.</p><p>The court found both constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can read the whole ruling </span><a href="http://kutne.ws/1hzdad1" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:29:43 +0000 Matt Largey 10049 at http://kut.org Appeals Court Upholds Provisions of Texas' Abortion Law Fourth Person Dies from SXSW Crash http://kut.org/post/fourth-person-dies-sxsw-crash <p>A fourth person has died from injuries sustained in an early morning crash on Red River Street during South by Southwest, allegedly caused by a drunk driver.&nbsp;</p><p>DeAndre&nbsp;Tatum, 18, was put in a medically induced coma after the crash. He died today, according to Austin Police.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:46:48 +0000 Matt Largey 10047 at http://kut.org Fourth Person Dies from SXSW Crash These Sound Engineers Used One Weird Trick to Bend the Laws of Physics http://kut.org/post/these-sound-engineers-used-one-weird-trick-bend-laws-physics <p><strong>Update</strong>: <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/03/24/sound-engineering-kut">Listen to this story on WBUR's Here and Now</a>.</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (Feb. 28): You know how on cop shows, suspects get interrogated in a cramped room with a mirror on one wall? And on the other side, there's a prosecutor or other cops watching through the glass.</p><p>Those mirrors are kind of an illusion done with lighting.&nbsp;But the effect also illustrates perfectly how difficult it can be to break a pretty fundamental law of nature.</p><p>A group of engineers at UT has figured out how to&nbsp;bend – if not break – that law when it comes to sound.</p><p><strong>Listen:</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137133239&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:23:10 +0000 Matt Largey 9870 at http://kut.org These Sound Engineers Used One Weird Trick to Bend the Laws of Physics Zilker Kite Festival Canceled Due to Rain http://kut.org/post/zilker-kite-festival-canceled-due-rain <p>The 86th annual Zilker Kite Festival has been canceled, after last night's storm drenched Zilker&nbsp;Park. More rain is in the forecast today.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.abckitefestival.com/update-kite-festival-cancelled/">statement</a>, festival organizers said they had planned to go forward, until the weather turned even worse last night.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:05:30 +0000 Matt Largey 9924 at http://kut.org Zilker Kite Festival Canceled Due to Rain Judge Allows Lehmberg to Stay as District Attorney http://kut.org/post/judge-allows-lehmberg-stay-district-attorney <p>Rosemary Lehmberg will be allowed to continue in her role as Travis County District Attorney.</p><p>San Antonio-based Judge David Peeples&nbsp;made that decision this afternoon after three days of testimony recounting the April night when she was arrested for drunk driving and her subsequent treatment for alcohol abuse at a facility in Arizona.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:13:55 +0000 Matt Largey 9350 at http://kut.org Judge Allows Lehmberg to Stay as District Attorney Former Executive at CPRIT, Texas' Cancer Agency, Indicted http://kut.org/post/former-executive-cprit-texas-cancer-agency-indicted <p>A Travis County grand jury has indicted Jerald Cobbs, a former executive with the <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a> (CPRIT), in connection with an $11 million grant the agency approved without putting it through required reviews.</p><p>The charge of <a href="http://www.bakers-legal-pages.com/pc/3246.htm">securing execution of a document by deception</a> carries a potential jail sentence of five to 99 years or life, and a fine of up to $10,000.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:12:30 +0000 Matt Largey & Ben Philpott 9324 at http://kut.org Former Executive at CPRIT, Texas' Cancer Agency, Indicted With Jell-O and Lasers, UT Scientists Build Tiny Cages for Bacteria http://kut.org/post/jell-o-and-lasers-ut-scientists-build-tiny-cages-bacteria <p><em>Editor's note: This story was originally published Nov. 19, prior to being rebroadcast on <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/05/bacteria-research-texas">WBUR's Here and Now</a>.</em></p><p>When you think of bacteria, you might think about a bunch of mindless, single-celled bugs blindly roaming the world in complete ignorance. But over the past few decades, scientists have found bacteria are much more complicated than that.</p><p>Now, a group of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin has come up with a <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/10/02/1309729110.full.pdf+html">new way</a> of studying how bacteria interact with the world – and each other.</p><p>You see, scientists have a couple of problems when it comes to studying bacteria.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120789113&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:10:28 +0000 Matt Largey 9214 at http://kut.org With Jell-O and Lasers, UT Scientists Build Tiny Cages for Bacteria F1 is Back in Austin – So What's Actually Happening On the Track? http://kut.org/post/f1-back-austin-so-whats-actually-happening-track <p><strong><em>A version of this story first ran Nov. 16, 2012.</em></strong></p><p>Formula One events begin today at the Circuit of the Americas track.</p><p>F1 doesn’t have a huge following in the U.S. – it’s only in its second year in Austin – and a lot of people may not know the first thing about the sport. Here's what we learned about the basics.</p><p>First things first: what is the “formula”?<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120250606" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Matt Largey 5656 at http://kut.org F1 is Back in Austin – So What's Actually Happening On the Track? Texas Astronomer Finds Most Distant Galaxy Yet http://kut.org/post/texas-astronomer-finds-most-distant-galaxy-yet <p>A team led by a UT Austin astronomer has identified and measured the distance to the most distant galaxy found so far.</p><p>The galaxy — designated z8_GND_5296 — is so far away from Earth that the light we are now able to see from it was emitted&nbsp;more than 13 billion years ago. So we're seeing it as it was in the distant past.</p><p>"We're seeing it very close to the Big Bang. About 700 million years after the Big Bang," says UT astronomer <a href="http://www.as.utexas.edu/~stevenf/Home.html">Steve Finkelstein,</a> who led the project. He says ultimately, far, far away galaxies like this one may help us understand things closer to home. “We want to study very distant galaxies to learn how galaxies change with time, which helps us understand how the Milky Way came to be.”&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116713345" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Matt Largey 8996 at http://kut.org Texas Astronomer Finds Most Distant Galaxy Yet Austin Dries Off After Storm, Flooding – But More Rain On the Way (Update) http://kut.org/post/austin-dries-after-storm-flooding-more-rain-way-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: The <a href="http://www.redcross.org/tx/austin">Red Cross</a> is keeping an eye on weather conditions in Central Texas over the next few days. So far, they&rsquo;ve responded by distributing supplies like clean-up kits.</p><p>&ldquo;We are working closely with local emergency management to respond and assist families who have been affected by flooding in their homes,&rdquo; Red Cross Central Texas Region CEO Marty McKellips says in a statement.</p><p>The Red Cross shares four tips for making it through extreme weather:</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:42:21 +0000 Matt Largey 8929 at http://kut.org Austin Dries Off After Storm, Flooding – But More Rain On the Way (Update) A Tiny Bit of Vegetable Oil Could Save Texas Billions of Gallons of Water http://kut.org/post/tiny-bit-vegetable-oil-could-save-texas-billions-gallons-water <p>Parts of Central Texas saw as much as 12 inches of rain over the weekend. Water levels in the Highland Lakes &nbsp;rose slightly, but the storm was far from a drought-buster.</p><p>Lakes Travis and Buchanan remain only about one-third full.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Matt Largey 8918 at http://kut.org A Tiny Bit of Vegetable Oil Could Save Texas Billions of Gallons of Water How Texas Lost Its Chance at Finding the 'God Particle' http://kut.org/post/how-texas-lost-its-chance-finding-god-particle <p><strong>Update</strong>: Scientists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2013/">awarded the Nobel Prize for physics</a> for their quest for the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson">Higgs boson</a> &ndash; the so-called &ldquo;God particle.&rdquo;</p><p>The European Organization for Nuclear Research proved its existence last year with a massive particle accelerator. But as KUT reported shortly after the particle&rsquo;s &nbsp;discovery, some Texas physicists say the discovery could have been made here years ago.</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (July 4, 2012):&nbsp;Scientists in Switzerland announced overnight the discovery of what appears to be a particle that&rsquo;s long been hypothesized, but never proven. It&rsquo;s a bittersweet moment for some Texas physicists.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114383586" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:32:48 +0000 Matt Largey 4614 at http://kut.org How Texas Lost Its Chance at Finding the 'God Particle'