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2012-01-12 21:48:38

Rice University-led team creates tiny materials in bulk from carbon fiber A Rice University laboratory has found a way to turn common carbon fiber into graphene quantum dots, tiny specks of matter with properties expected to prove useful in electronic, optical and biomedical applications. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan, in collaboration with colleagues in China, India, Japan and the Texas Medical Center, discovered a one-step chemical process that is markedly...

2012-01-12 21:35:49

18 percent of blacks, 4 percent of whites report emotional, physical distress due to discriminatory treatment Racial discrimination may be harmful to your health, according to new research from Rice University sociologists Jenifer Bratter and Bridget Gorman. In the study, "Is Discrimination an Equal Opportunity Risk? Racial Experiences, Socio-economic Status and Health Status Among Black and White Adults," the authors examined data containing measures of social class, race and perceived...

2012-01-12 12:16:11

Study represents step toward unified theory for quantum phase transformation New evidence this week supports a theory developed five years ago at Rice University to explain the electrical properties of several classes of materials -- including unconventional superconductors -- that have long vexed physicists. The findings in this week's issue of Nature Materials uphold a theory first offered in 2006 by physicist Qimiao Si, Rice's Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and...

2012-01-10 21:24:29

Rice University study uses vaunted prize as standard to judge government research funding A new study by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy illustrates a disconnect between government funding of biomedical research by young investigators and a novel standard by which to judge it: the Nobel Prize. The study found the average age of biomedical researchers getting their first grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008 was 42. Over the past 30 years, the...

2012-01-09 19:45:20

Rice University researchers tag excitons in search for hues' clues Rice University researchers have figured out what gives armchair nanotubes their unique bright colors: hydrogen-like objects called excitons. Their findings appear in the online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Armchair carbon nanotubes — so named for the "U"-shaped configuration of the atoms at their uncapped tips — are one-dimensional metals and have no band gap. This means...

Graphene Rips Follow Rules
2012-01-06 04:36:00

[ Watch the Video ] Rice University simulations show carbon sheets tear along energetically favorable lines Research from Rice University and the University of California at Berkeley may give science and industry a new way to manipulate graphene, the wonder material expected to play a role in advanced electronic, mechanical and thermal applications. When graphene — a one-atom thick sheet of carbon — rips under stress, it does so in a unique way that puzzled...

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2011-12-17 04:14:20

Experiments on "slime mold" explain why almost all multicellular organisms begin life as a single cell Any multicellular animal, from a blue whale to a human being, poses a special challenge for evolution. Most of the cells in its body will die without reproducing; only a privileged few will pass their genes to the next generation. How could the extreme degree of cooperation required by multicellular existence actually evolve? Why aren't all creatures unicellular individualists...

2011-12-02 01:58:36

Study reveals 17 percent of atheists with children are involved in religious institutions for social and personal reasons Some atheist scientists with children embrace religious traditions for social and personal reasons, according to research from Rice University and the University at Buffalo -- The State University of New York (SUNY). The study also found that some atheist scientists want their children to know about different religions so their children can make informed decisions...

2011-11-18 03:09:50

Study finds that transsexuals who are open about their gender identity have greater job satisfaction and commitment Transsexual individuals who identify themselves as such in the workplace are more likely to have greater satisfaction and commitment to their job than transsexuals who do not, according to a new study from Rice University and Pennsylvania State University. "Trans-parency in the Workplace: How the Experiences of Transsexual Employees Can Be Improved" will appear in an...

2011-11-16 09:42:48

Breakthrough in loading gold nanorods into cells could lead to new cancer treatment Rice University chemists have found a way to load more than 2 million tiny gold particles called nanorods into a single cancer cell. The breakthrough could speed development of cancer treatments that would use nanorods like tiny heating elements to cook tumors from the inside. The research appears online this week in the chemical journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. "The breast cancer...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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