Nano magnets arise at 2-D boundaries
When you squeeze atoms, you don't get atom juice. You get magnets. According to a new theory by Rice University scientists, imperfections in certain two-dimensional materials create the conditions by which nanoscale magnetic fields arise.
(November 22, 2013)
Calculations reveal shortcut to characterize zeolites
A computational method to quantify the adsorption of gas by porous zeolites should help labs know what to expect before they embark upon slow, costly experiments, according to researchers at Rice University.
(November 15, 2013)
Rice to help bring smallest structures to light
Rice University will help probe the structure of ever-smaller molecules as part of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) consortium. The NSF committed $25 million for a Science and Technology Center based at the University at Buffalo to explore the use of strong X-ray lasers to detail the atomic structures of molecules with a resolution approaching the nanoscale.
(November 15, 2013)
K2I Awards Record Number of Fellowships
By Patrick E. Kurp, Engineering Communications
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.
(November 13, 2013)
Rice team rises to big-data breast cancer challenge
A colorful wheel developed by Rice University bioengineers to visualize protein interactions has won an international competition for novel strategies to study the roots of breast cancer.The winning BioWheel by the Rice lab of bioengineer Amina Qutub was chosen this week, in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, topping 14 academic and industry participants in the HPN-DREAM Breast Cancer Network Inference Challenge. Qutub has been invited to present the lab's creation at the RECOMB/ISCB conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics in Toronto next month.
(October 24, 2013)
The End of The American Network
As details of the U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA) pervasive phone and Internet eavesdropping and surveillance operations emerged last summer, sales of George Orwell's classic novel, 1984, were reported to have risen dramatically. Orwell described an oppressive government that continually monitors the population through ever-present "telescreens." A recent newspaper article proclaimed that "NSA surveillance programs greatly exceed anything the 1984 author could have imagined."
(October 24, 2013)
Carbon’s new champion
Carbyne will be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials if and when anyone can make it in bulk.If they do, they'll find carbyne nanorods or nanoropes have a host of remarkable and useful properties, as described in a new paper by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his group. The paper appears this week in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano.
(October 15, 2013)
K2I 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.
(October 14, 2013)
First Medicine.Energy.Space.Technology Conference a Success!
Bring in several high-level speakers from fields as wide-ranging as cutting-edge medicine, energy, space and technology, add a healthy sampling of enthusiastic entrepreneurs making their pitches for startup funding, and what do you have? The inaugural Medicine, Energy, Space and Technology (MEST) Conference, held Sept. 18 at Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative.
(October 1, 2013)