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Poll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machinePoll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machine
At the urging of county election officials in Austin, Texas, a group of Rice University engineers and social scientists has pulled together a team of U.S. experts to head off a little-known yet looming crisis facing elections officials nationwide.  (October 27, 2014)

Tapia honored with mayor’s lifetime achievement awardTapia honored with mayor’s lifetime achievement award
Rice Professor Richard Tapia has received the 2014 Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to helping minorities and women prepare for higher education and to increase participation of underrepresented students in the sciences.  (September 19, 2014)

Rural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV BandsRural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV Bands
If you live out in the less densely inhabited regions of America, chances are very good that high-speed internet in your area is pretty hard-if not impossible-to come by. That could soon change thanks to a team from Rice University who have hacked currently unused, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum into a high-speed, wireless internet pipeline.  (September 12, 2014)

Phosphorus a promising semiconductor Phosphorus a promising semiconductor
Defects damage the ideal properties of many two-dimensional materials, like carbon-based graphene. Phosphorus just shrugs.That makes it a promising candidate for nano-electronic applications that require stable properties, according to new research by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his colleagues.  (September 8, 2014)

As bytes guide bits, oil companies seek the tech-savvyAs bytes guide bits, oil companies seek the tech-savvy
Laid off from a tech startup and on the prowl for a paycheck, Nate Richards heard from a fellow barfly's girlfriend that a small, independent oil company needed a contractor to program databases.  (August 26, 2014)

Openism, IPism, Fundamentalism, and PragmatismOpenism, IPism, Fundamentalism, and Pragmatism
I consider the 20th century to have ended on Sept. 15, 2008. On that day, U.S. financial-services firm Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection. This bankruptcy filing, the largest in U.S. history, threatened to turn the economic recession of the 2007-2008 financial crisis into a fullscale economic depression.  (August 25, 2014)

From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Nature's artistic and engineering skills are evident in proteins, life's robust molecular machines. Scientists at Rice University have now employed their unique theories to show how the interplay between evolution and physics developed these skills.  (August 15, 2014)

Researchers uncover clues to flu’s mechanisms Researchers uncover clues to flu’s mechanisms
HOUSTON - A flu virus acts like a Trojan horse as it attacks and infects host cells. Scientists at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have acquired a clearer view of the well-hidden mechanism involved.Their computer simulations may lead to new strategies to stop influenza, perhaps even a one-size-fits-all vaccine.  (August 4, 2014)

Geophysicists prep for massive ‘ultrasound’ of Mount St. HelensGeophysicists prep for massive ‘ultrasound’ of Mount St. Helens
A small army of 75 geophysicists converged on Mount St. Helens the weekend of July 20 to begin final preparations for the equivalent of a combined ultrasound and CAT scan of the famous volcano’s internal plumbing. The ambitious project, a joint undertaking by Earth scientists at Rice University, the University of Washington, the University of Texas at El Paso and other institutions, requires placing more than 3,500 active seismological sensors and 23 seismic charges around the volcano over the next few days.  (July 28, 2014)

Bee-Inspired Bots Skitter and Swarm at NYC's Museum of MathematicsBee-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)

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