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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 »

Walks with the ancientsWalks with the ancients
Senior Muhammad Shamim worked his way around the 15th-century Swahili residence like he knew it inside and out - because he did. He helped build it.

While his teammates described the residence that once existed physically, the Rice University computer science student walked an audience through the virtual grounds displayed on the giant DAVinCI Visualization Wall.  Read More »

Bioengineer Qutub recognized for big-data computer modelingBioengineer Qutub recognized for big-data computer modeling
Rice bioengineer Amina Qutub is one of 30 U.S. and 60 international early career engineers invited to participate in the 2014 Indo-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (IAFOE).  Read More »

Campus Conversations with the President: Swarm roboticsCampus Conversations with the President: Swarm robotics
Robots for everyone.

That's James McLurkin's dream, and as the director of a Rice University robotics lab, he's creating an inexpensive and sophisticated robot called the "R-one" to make the dream a reality.  Read More »

Tapia wins National Science Board’s Vannevar Bush AwardTapia wins National Science Board’s Vannevar Bush Award
Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice, has earned the National Science Board’s (NSB) 2014 Vannevar Bush Award.  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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