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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...

2012-06-11 21:50:23

Researchers work to untangle knots, slipknots in species separated by a billion years of evolution Strings of all kinds, when jostled, wind up in knots. It turns out that happens even when the strings are long strands of molecules that make up proteins. A new study by scientists at Rice University and elsewhere examines structures of proteins that not only twist and turn themselves into knots, but also form slipknots that, if anybody could actually see them, might look like shoelaces...

2012-06-11 18:55:27

Rice U. study finds corporate political activity doesn´t necessarily improve bottom line Sixteenth-century European explorers probed the jungles and valleys of South America in search of El Dorado, the legendary lost city of gold, but came up empty-handed. Corporate political supporters may find themselves similarly unrewarded, according according to a new study from Rice University and Long Island University. The researchers investigated the relationship between corporate...

2012-05-31 01:44:31

Federal statistics indicate that four of five African-American women are overweight or obese, yet researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University have identified a large number of African American women who have lost clinically significant amounts of weight and kept it off for longer than a year. Descriptive results of the large survey study are presented online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and will be available in print later this year. Little information...

2012-05-22 00:05:00

Rice University physicists find reversible way to alter VO2“²s unique electronic about-face If you are not a condensed matter physicist, vanadium oxide (VO2) may be the coolest material you´ve never heard of. It´s a metal. It´s an insulator. It´s a window coating and an optical switch. And thanks to a new study by physicists at Rice University, scientists have a new way to reversibly alter VO2“²s electronic properties by treating it with one of the...


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lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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