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Tough foam from tiny sheets Tough foam from tiny sheets
HOUSTON - Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University.

In microscopic images, the foam dubbed "GO-0.5BN" looks like a nanoscale building, with floors and walls that reinforce each other. The structure consists of a pair of two-dimensional materials: floors and walls of graphene oxide that self-assemble with the assistance of hexagonal boron nitride platelets.  Read More »
Geophysicists prep for massive ‘ultrasound’ of Mount St. HelensGeophysicists prep for massive ‘ultrasound’ of Mount St. Helens
A small army of 75 geophysicists converged on Mount St. Helens the weekend of July 20 to begin final preparations for the equivalent of a combined ultrasound and CAT scan of the famous volcano’s internal plumbing. The ambitious project, a joint undertaking by Earth scientists at Rice University, the University of Washington, the University of Texas at El Paso and other institutions, requires placing more than 3,500 active seismological sensors and 23 seismic charges around the volcano over the next few days.  Read More »

Investments in Basic Research Are Just That: InvestmentsNeal F. Lane: Investments in Basic Research Are Just That: Investments
On Thursday, July 17, four science experts served as witnesses at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, "The Federal Research Portfolio: Capitalizing on Investments in R&D." The hearing considered the federal government's role in research and development (R&D), and the nation's STEM education and outreach initiatives.  Read More »

Bee-Inspired Bots Skitter and Swarm at NYC's Museum of MathematicsBee-Inspired Bots Skitter and Swarm at NYC's Museum of Mathematics
Dr. James McLurkin has a swarm of robots. Individually, they're not that smart, but a crateful of them behaves in some very complex ways, like the bees that inspired them. Gizmodo got to see the wee machines in action, and while they're adorable, they represent some serious future bot capabilities.  Read More »

Carbyne morphs when stretchedCarbyne morphs when stretched
HOUSTON - Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists.

Stretching the material known as carbyne - a hard-to-make, one-dimensional chain of carbon atoms - by just 3 percent can begin to change its properties in ways that engineers might find useful for mechanically activated nanoscale electronics and optics.  Read More »

A Robot Swarm descends on NYC's Museum of MathA Robot Swarm descends on NYC's Museum of Math
Roboticist-in-residence James McLurkin offered an advanced preview of his Robot Swarm at NYC's Museum of Mathematics New Linkthis week. The presentation detailed the background and programming concepts of these sensor- and speaker-laden bots -- which have a habit of spitting out 8-bit-style tunes while they work. The digital creatures exhibit group behaviors much like ants and bees, working together to map out their surroundings and communicating with each other -- and there's a definite hierarchy to their organization.  Read More »

Cell membrane proteins give up their secretsCell membrane proteins give up their secrets
HOUSTON - Rice University scientists have succeeded in analyzing transmembrane protein folding in the same way they study the proteins' free-floating, globular cousins.

Rice theoretical biologist Peter Wolynes and his team at the university's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) have applied his energy landscape theory to proteins that are hard to view because they live and work primarily inside cell membranes.  Read More »

Eshel Ben-Jacob was elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.Eshel Ben-Jacob was elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.
Tel Aviv University Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob was elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, as the only non-American among 33 new members, it was announced on Friday.  Read More »

Technological advances have put us on the edge of a new industrial revolution. The program explores how technology will redefine the culture of workTechnological advances have put us on the edge of a new industrial revolution. The program explores how technology will redefine the culture of work
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Susan Hassler, editor in chief of IEEE Spectrum magazine, are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Rice University, and the Institute for the Future to give listeners insights into how technology will redefine work in the not too distant future.  Read More »

Breaking Cancer’s Social NetworkBreaking Cancer’s Social Network
Eshel Ben-Jacob is taking cues from the collective intelligence of bacteria to learn how to interrupt communication between cancer cells. The physicist and senior scientist at Rice's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics tells how this strategy could turn the disease against itself. The creativity in Ben-Jacob's ground-breaking approach to cancer research has its corollary in the "bacterial art" he creates - beautiful and intricate images of the very bacterial strains he studies.  Read More »

Rice physicist honored by Brazilian governmentRice physicist honored by Brazilian government
José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair of Physics, was recognized by the Brazilian government May 28 with a Diaspora Award. The award recognizes Brazilian citizens living abroad who have excelled in the areas of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and contributed to building a positive image of Brazil abroad and the advancement of Brazilian competitiveness.  Read More »

Rice, MD Anderson lead leukemia crowd-source projectRice, MD Anderson lead leukemia crowd-source project
A Rice University bioengineer is leading an international competition to improve the analysis of genetics and proteomics to help leukemia patients.

Amina Qutub, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), is scientific lead on this year's ninth annual DREAM challenges, an online, crowd-source challenge to the systems biology community.  Read More »

Automation to make human presence obsolete in future workplaces: expertAutomation to make human presence obsolete in future workplaces: expert
“I’ve started playing this game,” says Dr. Moshe Vardi, on the phone from his office at Rice University in Houston. “I look at the people I interact with on a daily basis and try to guess whether their job will become automated.”  Read More »

In HPC for oil and gas, ‘this is the decade of sensing’In HPC for oil and gas, ‘this is the decade of sensing’
"In our field, the last decade was devoted to Big Data. This is the decade of sensing."  So predicts Peter Breunig, general manager of technology management and architecture at Chevron IT, who delivered the opening keynote address at the seventh-annual Rice Oil & Gas High-Performance Computing (HPC) Workshop on March 6th at Rice University.  Read More »

K2I Distinguished Lecture: Quantifying Your Superorganism Body Using Big Data Supercomputing, Larry Smarr, PhDK2I Distinguished Lecture: Quantifying Your Superorganism Body Using Big Data Supercomputing", Larry Smarr, PhD
Larry Smarr, Ph.D., began his scientific career as an astrophysicist, studying billions of stars in far-off galaxies. More recently, he's been studying much larger numbers of units closer to home -- his own body.  Read More »

K2I Awards a Record Number of FellowshipsK2I Awards Record Number of Fellowships
With the aid of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I), 15 graduate students at Rice University have been awarded fellowships for their research and educational achievements in computational science and engineering, and high-performance computing.  Read More »

Featured Faculty Profile – Michael KohnK2I Featured Faculty Profile: Michael Kohn
As a boy, Michael Kohn wrote to a museum curator in Stuttgart, Germany, with a request: "Could you send me everything you know about mice?" 

Kohn laughs when recounting his simple request.  Now a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, Kohn has spent years studying the genomes of the same organisms that interested him as a child - rodents.  Though he still doesn't know "everything" about mice, his research could eventually help doctors develop better drug therapies for humans.  Read More »

K2I Featured Faculty Profile: Tayfun TezduyarK2I Featured Faculty Profile: Tayfun Tezduyar
Breathing spacecraft parachutes, flapping locust wings and pulsating cerebral aneurysms seem to have little in common, but Professor Tayfun Tezduyar analyzes these problems with homegrown computer modeling technology that is common to all three.  Read More »

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