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2014-03-04 16:20:56

Metabolic profiling of liver cells suggests new treatments for cirrhosis patients In a new study that could help doctors extend the lives of patients awaiting liver transplants, a Rice University-led team of researchers examined the metabolic breakdown that takes place in liver cells during late-stage cirrhosis and found clues that suggest new treatments to delay liver failure. More than 17,000 Americans are awaiting a liver transplant, and of those, about 1,500 will die this year while...

2014-03-04 16:19:28

Voters who cast their ballots via smartphones made fewer errors than they did when voting via traditional methods in a mock election, according to new research from psychologists at Rice University. In a first-of-its-kind study, co-author Rice Professor of Psychology Michael Byrne examined how smartphone-based voting systems can be incorporated into the current large-scale voting process. The study, "Toward More Usable Electronic Voting: Testing the Usability of a Smartphone Voting...

2014-02-25 14:11:33

Rice University lab builds rig to evaluate oil, gas wells in fracturing operations A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers. The device gathers data on how tracers – microscopic particles that can be pumped into and recovered from wells – move through deep rock formations that have been opened by hydraulic fracturing. Drilling companies use...

Misconceptions Over Science And Religion
2014-02-17 07:46:18

David Ruth, Rice University The public's view that science and religion can't work in collaboration is a misconception that stunts progress, according to a new survey of more than 10,000 Americans, scientists and evangelical Protestants. The study by Rice University also found that scientists and the general public are surprisingly similar in their religious practices. The study, "Religious Understandings of Science (RUS)," was conducted by sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund and...

2014-02-04 11:11:54

Rice University, Russian researchers lay out rules for ultrathin ‘diamane’ Perfect sheets of diamond a few atoms thick appear to be possible even without the big squeeze that makes natural gems. Scientists have speculated about it and a few labs have even seen signs of what they call diamane, an extremely thin film of diamond that has all of diamond’s superior semiconducting and thermal properties. Now researchers at Rice University and in Russia have calculated a “phase...

2014-02-03 16:27:03

DUBLIN, February 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nvjnqd/mid_ir_sensors) has announced the addition of a new report "Mid IR Sensors: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts to 2019" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nvjnqd/mid_ir_sensors ] to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) Next generation Mid IR Sensors are leveraging new technology. Worldwide mid IR...

Study Finds 'Bubble CPAP' Increases Neonatal Survival Rates
2014-01-30 11:19:07

Rice University The first clinical study of a low-cost neonatal breathing system created by Rice University bioengineering students demonstrated that the device increased the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness from 44 percent to 71 percent. The results, which were published online this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, came from a 10-month study of 87 patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi. Based on data from the study, it...

2014-01-23 23:01:23

ServerMonkey will be attending the Startup Career Fair at Rice University on January 24, 2014. Startup Career Fair brings together energizing startup businesses in the Houston area and entrepreneurial students looking to make an impact in the startup world. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) January 23, 2014 ServerMonkey, a leading provider of new and refurbished servers and networking and IT equipment will be attending the Startup Career Fair at Rice University on January 24, 2014. Startup Career...

2013-12-27 12:21:38

CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Renaissance Weekend, the non-partisan retreat founded in 1981 to build bridges among innovative leaders from diverse fields, tomorrow brings 1,200 participants to Charleston, South Carolina, for 631 lectures, seminars, discussions, and performances concluding with their traditional singing of "Auld Lang Syne" and "God Bless America" at the stroke of the New Year. The tradition was founded and is hosted by the former US Ambassador to the Court...

Scientist Creates Morphing Material That Has Huge Potential
2013-12-10 09:58:50

[ Watch The Video: Morphing Material With Great Potential ] Rice University Heating a sheet of plastic may not bring it to life – but it sure looks like it does in new experiments at Rice University. The materials created by Rice polymer scientist Rafael Verduzco and his colleagues start as flat slabs, but they morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers. The research is the subject of a new paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.