Bee-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.
(July 23, 2014)
Neal 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.
(July 23, 2014)
Carbyne 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.
(July 21, 2014)
A 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.
(July 17, 2014)
Cell 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.
(July 16, 2014)
Technological 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.
(June 25, 2014)
Breaking 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.
(June 23, 2014)
Rice 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.
(June 10, 2014)
Rice, 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.
(May 21, 2014)