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Snakes Eat Birds Which Equals More Spiders For Guam
2012-09-13 13:25:39

Ecologists look for effects of bird loss caused by invasive brown treesnake on Guam In one of the first studies to examine how the loss of forest birds is effecting Guam's island ecosystem, biologists from Rice University, the University of Washington and the University of Guam found that the Pacific island's jungles have as many as 40 times more spiders than are found on nearby islands like Saipan. "You can't walk through the jungles on Guam without a stick in your hand to knock down...

In Graphene Formation Every Atom Counts
2012-09-04 12:28:05

Rice University lab's nanoreactor theory could advance quality of material's growth Like tiny ships finding port in a storm, carbon atoms dock with the greater island of graphene in a predictable manner. But until recent research by scientists at Rice University, nobody had the tools to make that kind of prediction. Electric current shoots straight across a sheet of defect-free graphene with almost no resistance, a feature that makes the material highly attractive to engineers who would...

'Cyber War' On Cancer Proposed By Experts
2012-09-04 12:14:39

Researchers at Rice, Tel Aviv and Johns Hopkins universities aim to break cancer's codes for social networking In the face of mounting evidence that cancer cells communicate, cooperate and even engage in collective decision-making, biophysicists and cancer researchers at Rice University, Tel Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University are suggesting a new strategy for outsmarting cancer through its own social intelligence. "We need to get beyond the notion that cancer is a random...

2012-07-31 06:31:22

DALLAS, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ:TXN) selected students from Rice University as the overall winners of its fifth annual Analog Design Contest Engibous Prize - an analog design award that showcases the imaginative spirit and inner competitive streak of today's aspiring innovators. The students - Richard Latimer, Adam Samaniego, Kevin Beale, George Chen and Minhee Park - integrated MSP430, N Channel Power MOSFET, Step Down Switching Voltage...

2012-07-13 10:52:32

Rice University researchers find repeating patterns dictate optical properties of nanoparticle arrays New research at Rice University that seeks to establish points of reference between plasmonic particles and polymers might lead to smaller computer chips, better antennae and improvements in optical computing. Materials scientists take advantage of strong interactions between chemicals to form polymers that self-assemble into patterns and are the basis of things people use every day....

2012-07-09 17:19:27

Rice University study details exactly how nanotubes bend and break What´s 100 times stronger than steel, weighs one-sixth as much and can be snapped like a twig by a tiny air bubble? The answer is a carbon nanotube – and a new study by Rice University scientists details exactly how the much-studied nanomaterials snap when subjected to ultrasonic vibrations in a liquid. “We find that the old saying ℠I will break but not bend´ does not hold at the micro- and...

2012-07-06 00:02:57

New Rice study shows improved profits and success for companies offering multiple deals Over the past year, some news reports have questioned the long-term viability and popularity of daily deal companies, but the industry shows no evidence of slowing down, according to a new study from Rice University. In the study, “How Businesses Fare With Daily Deals As They Gain Experience: A Multi-Time Period Study of Daily Deal Performance,” Utpal Dholakia examines performance of...

Rice researchers develop paintable battery
2012-06-29 05:30:54

[ Watch the Video ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas have put their minds together to create an incredibly thin battery. So small, in fact, if can be painted on the surface of whatever it´s meant to power. This rechargeable lithium-ion battery is applied in layers, recreating the components of a traditional battery. Rice scientist Pulickel Ajayan helped to create the sprayable battery and posted the...

2012-06-21 02:28:36

Iron-based high-temp superconductors show unexpected electronic asymmetry Japanese and U.S. physicists are offering new details this week in the journal Nature regarding intriguing similarities between the quirky electronic properties of a new iron-based high-temperature superconductor (HTS) and its copper-based cousins. While investigating a recently discovered iron-based HTS, the researchers found that its electronic properties were different in the horizontal and vertical directions....

2012-06-12 14:32:13

Rice, UCSD scientists study genomes to reveal contacts, refine methods for protein-folding prediction José Onuchic has become an expert at connecting the dots, but finding connections merely implied by the dots “¦ well, that´s quite a trick. The Rice University biophysicist and his team have created a tool to do just that for proteins and, in the process, have advanced the art of predicting their form and function. In this case, the dots are amino acid...