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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.  (July 21, 2014)

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.  (July 17, 2014)

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.  (July 16, 2014)

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.  (June 30, 2014)

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.  (June 25, 2014)

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.  (June 23, 2014)

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.  (June 10, 2014)

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.  (May 21, 2014)

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.”  (May 16, 2014)

K2I Announces ERIT Awards
The Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I) at Rice University has awarded almost $173,000 in seed funding to six projects through its 2013/2014 Enriching Rice through Information Technology (ERIT) program.  (May 6, 2014)

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