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  • Reconfigured Tesla coil aligns, electrifies materials from a distance

    04/14/2016 8:28:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | April 14, 2016 | Provided by: Rice University
    Nanotube wires self-assemble under the influence of a directed electric field from the Tesla coil. Credit: Jeff Fitlow ======================================================================================================== Scientists at Rice University have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long wires, a phenomenon they call "Teslaphoresis." The team led by Rice chemist Paul Cherukuri reported its results this week in ACS Nano. Cherukuri sees this research as setting a clear path toward scalable assembly of nanotubes from the bottom up. The system works by remotely oscillating positive and negative charges in each nanotube, causing them to chain together...
  • Intrepid Scientists Turn a Laser Cutter Into a Super Cheap 3D Printer

    02/25/2016 9:30:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 22, 2016 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Laser cutters use lasers to cut shapes into existing material, but Rice University scientists have figured out how to make one build objects instead of cut them. The result is the $2,000 3D printer that you see above, constructing the blood vessel network inside a mouse liver. If we want to maximize the usefulness of 3D printers, we have to maximize the number of materials they can work with, while minimizing the cost. That was the goal of the Rice scientists, when they devised a way to make a 3D printer with a couple of days, a couple of thousand...
  • Rice University installs powerful electron microscope with sub-nanoscale resolution

    07/01/2015 5:12:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    Rice University has installed the Titan Themis scanning/transmission electron microscope, which will enable scientists from Rice as well as academic and industrial partners to view and analyze materials at angstrom-scale (one-tenth of a nanometer) resolution, about the size of a single hydrogen atom. Images will be captured with a variety of detectors, including X-ray, optical and multiple electron detectors and a 4K-resolution camera (will create 4K ultra HD images). The microscope gives researchers the ability to create three-dimensional structural reconstructions and carry out electric field mapping of subnanoscale materials. Electron microscopes use beams of electrons rather than light to illuminate...
  • C-SPAN Battle: Historian Shouts Down Congressman At Hearing

    11/22/2011 7:00:57 PM PST · by edpc · 21 replies
    CSPAN via Yahoo - The Ticket ^ | 22 Nov 2011 | Chris Moody
    Televised congressional hearings often serve as a platform for members of Congress to berate, bloviate and showboat for the cameras, but at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday, historian Douglas Brinkley wouldn't stand for it. The topic at hand was drilling in the the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trouble began when Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young misstated Brinkley's name after referring to the hearing as "an exercise in futility." In a certain breach of protocol, Brinkley cut him off.
  • Rice University marching band wants a candidate smarter than Texas Aggie Rick Perry

    09/05/2011 4:31:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 4, 2011
    During the UT-Rice game on Saturday the Rice University marching band (Owls) took to the field at half time and to the delight of those in the stands, made some comments about Rick Perry. “The next time you go to the polls, ask yourself, ‘Is your candidate smarter than an Aggie?’” This video [:33] was posted to YouTube on September 3, 2011
  • Cop fired after helping fellow officers in distress

    06/08/2011 11:14:19 AM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 06/08/2011 | Zachary Roth
    It was a Saturday on campus when David Sedmak, a Rice University police officer, heard "Officer down, officer down!" on his scanner: Two members of the Houston Police Department had been shot downtown. Sedmak rushed to the scene to help his fellow officers. But Rice didn't see Sedmak as a hero. Instead, the university fired him, citing "dereliction of duty." The university said in a statement that its officers often assist other law enforcement agencies when the need arises. But Sedmak erred, it said, by not informing the university police dispatcher about where he was. "Sedmak left his post when...
  • Despite public perception Texas Democrats wield power in legislature, Rice political scientist finds

    09/04/2010 11:11:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Rice Univ News ^ | Thursday, September 2, 2010 | Franz Brotzen
    When the Republican Party took control of the Texas House of Representatives in 2003, most pundits placed its Democratic members well out in the political wilderness. But new research by Rice political scientist Mark Jones indicates that over time, the Democrats progressively increased their ability to affect the laws coming out of the legislature... Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, chair of the Department of Political Science and a Baker Institute Rice scholar, looked at the ability of the legislature's leadership to control the partisan agenda... Jones measured each representative's FPV win rate -- the percentage...
  • Advances Offer Path to Shrink Computer Chip

    08/31/2010 12:58:52 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 30, 2010 | JOHN MARKOFF
    Scientists at Rice University and Hewlett-Packard are reporting this week that they can overcome a fundamental barrier to the continued rapid miniaturization of computer memory that has been the basis for the consumer electronics revolution. In recent years the limits of physics and finance faced by chip makers had loomed so large that experts feared a slowdown in the pace of miniaturization that would act like a brake on the ability to pack ever more power into ever smaller devices like laptops, smartphones and digital cameras. But the new announcements, along with competing technologies being pursued by companies like IBM...
  • Ron Paul speaks on economy, smaller government [to students at Rice University]

    02/12/2009 5:08:51 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 1,650+ views
    Republican Representative for Texas Ron Paul spoke to Rice students last week to share his personal opinion on the state of the economy and discuss how to restore the United States back to a responsible fiscal system. "The system we have today has failed," he said. Paul, a two-time presidential candidate, decided to become involved in politics after President Richard Nixon took the United States off the gold standard in 1971. Since then, United States currency has operated on the fiat system, where the value of the money is based solely on faith in government to back the value of...
  • Scientists aglow over drug for radiation poisoning

    01/28/2008 7:22:09 AM PST · by RDTF · 14 replies · 89+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan 28, 2008 | Eric Berger
    With the Starship Enterprise seemingly doomed after losing warp power, Mr. Spock exposes himself to lethal radiation in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. After repairing the engines and saving the day, Spock dies. Evidently, the movie's writers didn't think scientists would find a drug to cure radiation poisoning by the late 23rd century. Yet local scientists may be on the verge of doing just that more than two centuries before the setting of the Star Trek film. Rice University's Jim Tour and his colleagues at two Houston health institutions have found a drug that, when given to mice...
  • Clinton expounds global issues [Baker and Clinton in cahoots]

    02/11/2007 12:20:25 PM PST · by Right_at_RiceU · 19 replies · 614+ views
    The Rice Thresher ^ | February 9, 2007 | Grace Ng and Natalie Kone
    resident Bill Clinton spoke about global challenges from terrorism to health care policy to sustainability at a near-capacity crowd at Autry Court yesterday afternoon. The topic of the speech was “Embracing our Common Humanity: Meeting the Challenges of Global Interdependence in the 21st Century.” Baker Institute Director, Ambassador Edward Djerejian, President David Leebron and former Secretary of State — and Honorary Chair of the Baker Institute for Public Policy — James Baker each made opening remarks. After lamenting the length of time Clinton took to schedule a trip to Rice, Baker drew laughter from the audience by alluding to Senator...
  • Congress helps college students with loan relief (barf alert)

    01/20/2007 2:33:10 PM PST · by Right_at_RiceU · 19 replies · 646+ views
    The Rice Thresher ^ | January 19, 2007
    ongress helps college students with loan relief By The Rice Thresher Editorial Staff | Thresher Editorial Staff Given a lack of monetary influence, college students are an oft-ignored demographic in the policy making process. That is why we are so glad to see that one of the 110th Congress’ first moves was a bipartisan supported bill to lower interest rates on need-based student loans. H.R. 5, The College Student Relief Act of 2007, will lower interest rates from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over the next 5 years. Once fully implemented, this step will save the average borrower — students...
  • Shock-jock senator tunes out left, turns off right (barf alert: bashing Sen. Dan Patrick)

    01/12/2007 2:05:11 PM PST · by Right_at_RiceU · 23 replies · 1,903+ views
    the Rice Thresher ^ | January 12, 2007 | Evan Mintz
    For American politics in 2007, the focus is largely on the Democratic Party’s sweep into power on a wave of Republican corruption and failed policy. But just to the west of Rice, the deep-red District 7 bucked the trend, electing conservative talk radio host Dan Patrick to the Texas Senate. Patrick goes beyond the talk radio stereotype of the millionaire egocentric self-promoter who repeats the xenophobic talking points that allow white, middle-age males to think they are an oppressed minority. On air, Patrick cornered the market on attacking not just the usual political enemies — the growing Hispanic population and...
  • Investigation: Rice Students Get Pass For Drinking, Driving?

    12/04/2006 9:07:22 AM PST · by Right_at_RiceU · 13 replies · 709+ views
    News 2 Houston ^ | November 27, 2006 | Amy Davis
    HOUSTON -- Note: The following story is a verbatim transcript of an Investigators story that aired on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, on KPRC Local 2 at 10 p.m. Houston's Rice University is one of the best universities in the country. It's pricey and prestigious. But, along with the privilege of getting a first-class education, KPRC Local 2 investigative reporter Amy Davis discovered Rice students may also be getting a pass from police when it comes to drinking and driving. There's a beer keg in the bathroom and punch in the refrigerator. This is Rice University's annual night of decadence where...
  • Bio-inspired Assembly Of Nanoparticle Building Blocks

    11/30/2006 8:43:44 PM PST · by annie laurie · 7 replies · 536+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | November 27, 2006 | Rice University
    Chemists at Rice University have discovered how to assemble gold and silver nanoparticle building blocks into larger structures based on a novel method that harkens back to one of nature's oldest known chemical innovations -- the self-assembly of lipid membranes that surround every living cell. The research appears in the Nov. 29 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS 2006, 128, 15098). Researchers believe the new method will allow them to create a wide variety of useful materials, including extra-potent cancer drugs and more efficient catalysts for the chemical industry.The method makes use of the hydrophobic effect,...
  • Single-pixel camera could simplify imaging

    10/05/2006 2:19:23 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 19 replies · 1,120+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10/5/06 | Jeff Hecht
    A single-pixel camera that captures complete images by taking many snaps with an array of micro-mirrors could consume less power and produce more compact image files than conventional imaging devices, researchers say. A conventional digital camera focuses light onto a rectangular array of sensing elements, called pixels, which measure light. The single-pixel camera developed by researchers Richard Baraniuk and Kevin Kelly at Rice University in Houston, Texas, US, takes a completely different approach. It reflects light from 1024 x 768 micro-mirrors onto a single photodiode. Then it changes the arrangement of micro-mirrors and repeats the process – all in a...
  • Chemistry Nobel Laureate Smalley Dies

    10/29/2005 8:49:21 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 363+ views
    Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, a Rice University professor who helped discover buckyballs, the soccer ball-shaped form of carbon, and championed the field of nanotechnology, has died at the age of 62. Smalley, who had battled cancer, died Friday at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University said. "We will miss Rick's brilliance, commitment, energy, enthusiasm and humanity," Rice President David Leebron said. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry with fellow Rice chemist Robert Curl and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto for the discovery of the new form of carbon, which they dubbed buckminsterfullerene — buckyballs for short — because...
  • The World's Smallest Car

    10/20/2005 7:14:50 PM PDT · by anymouse · 65 replies · 2,042+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 10/20/05
    Using the parts inside a single molecule, scientists have constructed the world's smallest car. It has a chassis, axles and a pivoting suspension. The wheels are buckyballs, spheres of pure carbon containing 60 atoms apiece. It'd be a real squeeze to take it for a spin, however. The whole car is no more than 4 nanometers across. That's slightly wider than a strand of DNA. A human hair is about 80,000 nanometers thick. Other groups have made car-shaped nanoscale objects. But this is the first one that rolls "on four wheels in a direction perpendicular to its axles," the researchers...
  • Profs should protect Rice's intelligent design (barf alert)

    09/02/2005 7:29:00 PM PDT · by Right_at_RiceU · 12 replies · 553+ views
    The Rice Thresher ^ | September 2, 2005 | Evan Mintz
    In his Call to Conversation, President David Leebron made the case for increasing Rice’s size. Students are quick to attack any increase in size, because our small size and tight-knit community make Rice great. Unfortunately, size is also one of our weaknesses, as was made obvious to me over the summer when the Discovery Institute — a conservative organization leading the war against evolution, with no relationship to the television network — released a list of 400 scientists who question Darwinism. The “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” stated: “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural...
  • Anti-Islam bigots need education, not attention (barf alert)

    08/29/2005 3:52:29 PM PDT · by Right_at_RiceU · 57 replies · 1,144+ views
    The Rice Thresher ^ | August 26, 2005 | Saira Karim
    I opened my e-mail box one day this summer to find myself swamped with messages demanding urgent action against a Web site producing T-shirts imprinted with vulgar images. The T-shirts made light of the desecration of the Koran allegedly conducted at Guantanamo Bay. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Muslim community has been compelled to protect the sanctity of Islam. My friends and family felt obliged to act, incensed at the lack of sensitivity and respect shown to Muslims after Newsweek published a report on alleged Koran abuses (which it later retracted). But I was more uncertain of...