Austin, Texas

Austin (i/ˈɒstɪn, ˈɔː-/) is the capital of the US state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas, Austin is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the fourth-most populous city in Texas. It is the fastest growing of the largest 50 US cities. Austin is also the second largest state capital in the United States, after Phoenix, Arizona. As of July 1, 2014, Austin had a population of 912,791 (U.S. Census Bureau estimate). The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 1,943,299 as of July 1, 2014.

In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. After Republic of Texas Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited the area during a buffalo-hunting expedition between 1837 and 1838, he proposed that the republic's capital, then located in Houston, be relocated to the area situated on the north bank of the Colorado River near the present-day Congress Avenue Bridge. In 1839, the site was officially chosen as the republic's new capital (the republic's seventh and final location) and was incorporated under the name Waterloo. Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state.

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Longview News-Journal 18 May 2022
"The average second home sits empty for 10 months/year, which is a wasteful use of single family homes in communities." ... "These results reinforce the problem with second homes today and how Pacaso's co-ownership model can help," said Pacaso Co-Founder and CEO Austin Allison....

Braves rally in eighth to beat Padres

Times Free Press 15 May 2022
Less than 24 hours later, the Braves and Padres were back at it — and this time Atlanta's work at the plate wasn't wasted. Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Riley hit a tiebreaking double during a four-run rally in the eighth inning Saturday that lifted the reigning World Series champions to a 6-5 victory over the Padres ... ADVERTISEMENT....

Plastic-Eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste

Technology Org 11 May 2022
An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) can break down environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days ... what to do with the billions of tons of plastic waste piling up in landfills and polluting our natural lands and water....

Plastic-eating enzyme 'takes plastic waste and makes it disappear'

WPTV 05 May 2022
There are more than 30 million tons of plastic waste sitting in American landfills. Those plastics can take hundreds of years to break down naturally ... Through the use of plastic-eating enzymes, "we are able to take that plastic waste and make it disappear," according to Hal Alper, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin ... P.E.T ... Report a typo....

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