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2013-11-11 21:26:13

Rice University method gives accurate picture of gas storage by microscopic cages A computational method to quantify the adsorption of gas by porous zeolites should help labs know what to expect before they embark upon slow, costly experiments, according to researchers at Rice University. The new method created by engineers in Rice’s Multiscale Materials Modeling Lab accurately calculated the ability of two zeolites, small cage-like molecules with enormous surface area, to trap and...

Researchers Link Von Willebrand Factor To Heart-valve Calcium Deposits
2013-11-07 09:32:39

Rice University Heart valves calcify over time, and Rice University scientists are beginning to understand why. The Rice lab of bioengineer Jane Grande-Allen found through studies of pigs’ heart valves that age plays a critical role in the valves’ progressive hardening, and the problem may be due to the infiltration of a protein known as von Willebrand factor (VWF). Tissues from pig valves are commonly used to make human heart-valve replacements. VWF helps regulate blood clotting...

3-way Genetic Switch Revealed For Cancer Metastasis
2013-10-24 09:00:34

Rice University Cancer researchers from Rice University have deciphered the operating principles of a genetic switch that cancer cells use to decide when to metastasize and invade other parts of the body. The study found that the on-off switch's dynamics also allows a third choice that lies somewhere between "on" and "off." The extra setting both explains previously confusing experimental results and opens the door to new avenues of cancer treatment. The study appears online this week...

2013-10-16 09:08:08

Common catalyst cerium oxide opens door to nanochemistry for medicine Scientists at Rice University are enhancing the natural antioxidant properties of an element found in a car’s catalytic converter to make it useful for medical applications. Rice chemist Vicki Colvin led a team that created small, uniform spheres of cerium oxide and gave them a thin coating of fatty oleic acid to make them biocompatible. The researchers say their discovery has the potential to help treat traumatic...

Mix Of Nanoribbons And Polymer Has Potential For Cars, Soda And Beer
2013-10-11 10:53:53

Rice University A discovery at Rice University aims to make vehicles that run on compressed natural gas more practical. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has enhanced a polymer material to make it far more impermeable to pressurized gas and far lighter than the metal in tanks now used to contain the gas. The combination could be a boon for an auto industry under pressure to market consumer cars that use cheaper natural...

2013-10-03 23:24:13

More than one thousand middle school girls, parents, educators to attend Sally Ride Science Festival at Rice University in effort to ignite interest in STEM studies, careers. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) October 03, 2013 Middle school girls from across the Houston area will be attending the Sally Ride Science Festival presented by ExxonMobil at Rice University on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event was founded by the late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and carries on her work to fuel...

2013-09-26 17:55:29

Outreach programs that build relationships between families and schools may reduce the number of students who change schools for reasons other than grade promotion, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia University. The researchers used data from a five-year study that examined the negative consequences of students changing schools for reasons other than grade promotion and the impact of an outreach program designed to...

2013-09-03 10:26:41

In the perceptual condition known as synesthesia, unrelated sensory experiences such as color are triggered by ordinal stimuli such as numbers, letters and months of the year. Exactly how and why this happens is unknown. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital took a closer look at these connections and found a special relationship between the color and graphemes regions of the brain...

Proteins Blocked In Diabetes Treatments Connected To Lower Incidence Of Cancer In Patients
2013-08-20 09:05:47

Rice University Two proteins have been identified as prime suspects in the proliferation of breast cancer in a study by an international consortium of researchers from Rice University, the University of North Texas, Denton (UNT); the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The research, which appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' Online Early Edition, may offer a path to therapies that could slow or stop...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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