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Algorithm clarifies ‘big data’ clustersAlgorithm clarifies ‘big data’ clusters
Rice University scientists have developed a big data technique that could have a significant impact on health care.The Rice lab of bioengineer Amina Qutub designed an algorithm called "progeny clustering" that is being used in a hospital study to identify which treatments should be given to children with leukemia.Details of the work appear today in Nature's online journal Scientific Reports.  (August 20, 2015)

‘White graphene’ structures can take the heat ‘White graphene’ structures can take the heat
Three-dimensional structures of boron nitride might be the right stuff to keep small electronics cool, according to scientists at Rice University.Rice researchers Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Navid Sakhavand have completed the first theoretical analysis of how 3-D boron nitride might be used as a tunable material to control heat flow in such devices.  (July 16, 2015)

A Climate-Modeling Strategy That Won’t Hurt the ClimateA Climate-Modeling Strategy That Won’t Hurt the Climate
It is perhaps the most daunting challenge facing experts in both the fields of climate and computer science - creating a supercomputer that can accurately model the future of the planet in a set of equations and how the forces of climate change will affect it. It is a task that would require running an immense set of calculations for several weeks and then recalculating them hundreds of times with different variables.  (May 15, 2015)

Earthquakes Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath East AsiaEarthquakes Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath East Asia
A new work based on 3-D supercomputer simulations of earthquake data has found hidden rock structures deep under East Asia. Researchers from China, Canada, and the U.S. worked together to publish their results in March 2015 in the American Geophysical Union Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth.  (May 15, 2015)

From brittle to plastic in one breathFrom brittle to plastic in one breath
HOUSTON - (May 4, 2015) - What if peanut brittle, under certain conditions, behaved like taffy? Something like that happens to a two-dimensional dichalcogenide analyzed by scientists at Rice University.Rice researchers calculated that atomically thin layers of molybdenum disulfide can take on the qualities of plastic through exposure to a sulfur-infused gas at the right temperature and pressure.  (May 5, 2015)

Chromosome-folding theory shows promiseChromosome-folding theory shows promise
HOUSTON - (April 28, 2015) - Human chromosomes are much bigger and more complex than proteins, but like proteins, they appear to fold and unfold in an orderly process as they carry out their functions in cells.Rice University biophysicist Peter Wolynes and postdoctoral fellow Bin Zhang have embarked upon a long project to define that order. They hope to develop a theory that predicts the folding mechanisms and resulting structures of chromosomes in the same general way Wolynes helped revolutionize the view of protein folding through the concept of energy landscapes.  (April 29, 2015)

Baraniuk, Nakhleh honored for research, teachingBaraniuk, Nakhleh honored for research, teaching
Richard G. Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and founder of the open-education initiatives OpenStax College and Connexions, and Luay Nakhleh, associate professor of computer science (CS), and of biochemistry and cell biology, have been chosen as the first faculty members to be honored with Teaching and Research Excellence Awards from the George R. Brown School of Engineering.  (April 28, 2015)

Communications of the ACM Incentivizing Quality and Impact in Computing Research Communications of the ACM Incentivizing Quality and Impact in Computing Research
Over the past few years, the computing-research community has been conducting a public conversation on its publication culture. Much of that conversation has taken place in the pages of Communications. (See http://cra.org/scholarlypub/.)  (April 28, 2015)

Nanotubes with two walls have singular qualitiesNanotubes with two walls have singular qualities
Rice University researchers have determined that two walls are better than one when turning carbon nanotubes into materials like strong, conductive fibers or transistors.Rice materials scientist Enrique Barrera and his colleagues used atomic-level models of double-walled nanotubes to see how they might be tuned for applications that require particular properties. They knew from others' work that double-walled nanotubes are stronger and stiffer than their single-walled cousins. But they found it may someday be possible to tune double-walled tubes for specific electronic properties by controlling their configuration, chiral angles and the distance between the walls.  (April 14, 2015)

Rice’s Krishna Palem wins Guggenheim FellowshipRice’s Krishna Palem wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Rice University computer scientist Krishna Palem has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to collaborate with colleagues in the United Kingdom with the goal of making the resolution of weather and climate models 10 times finer through supercomputing with an ultra-energy-efficient approach. -  (April 14, 2015)

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