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nanotube fibers

Damaged Hearts Rewired with Nanotube Fibers

Thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes have now proven able to bridge damaged heart tissues and deliver the electrical signals needed to keep...
2D material

Sharp Meets Flat in Tunable 2D Material

A Rice University lab wants its products to look sharp, even at the nanoscale. Its latest creation is right on target.
circumplanetary disk

Moon-Forming Disk Discovered Around Distant Planet

Using Earth’s most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust...
fluorescent sensors

Soft Micro-Monitors Keep Tabs on Oxygen in New Tissues

It’s important to know one’s new cells are getting nourishment. Rice University scientists are working on a way to tell for sure.
thermal conductance

Single Molecules Can Take the Heat

How much heat can a molecule handle? That’s been a tough question to answer until now, but Longji Cui is on the case.
Quantum Spin Liquid

Physicists Find First Possible 3D Quantum Spin Liquid

There’s no known way to prove a three-dimensional “quantum spin liquid” exists, so Rice University physicists and their collaborators did the next...
Rice device

Rice Device Channels Heat into Light

The ever-more-humble carbon nanotube may be just the device to make solar panels – and anything else that loses energy through heat – far...
microscopic bubbles

Tiny Bubbles Break Each Other up

It’s easy to make bubbles, but try making hundreds of thousands of them a minute – all the same size.
nanoscale antenna

Light Triggers Gold in Unexpected Way

Rice University researchers have discovered a fundamentally different form of light-matter interaction in their experiments with gold nanoparticles. They weren’t looking for it, but students...
Magnetic topological insulator

‘Magnetic Topological Insulator’ Makes Its Own Magnetic Field


A team of U.S. and Korean physicists has found the first evidence of a two-dimensional material that can become a magnetic topological insulator even...
smart skin

‘Smart Skin’ Simplifies Spotting Strain in Structures

Thanks to one peculiar characteristic of carbon nanotubes, engineers will soon be able to measure the accumulated strain in an airplane, a bridge or...
immune system

Antibodies Get Easy Upgrade with pClick

Rice University scientists have found a simple method to attach drugs or other substances to antibodies, the powerful proteins that are central to the body’s...
graphene foam

Epoxy Compound Gets a Graphene Bump

Rice University scientists have built a better epoxy for electronic applications. Epoxy combined with “ultrastiff” graphene foam invented in the Rice lab of chemist James Tour is substantially tougher...
genetic diseases

Moths and Magnets Could Save Lives

A new technology that relies on a moth-infecting virus and nanomagnets could be used to edit defective genes that give rise to diseases like...
protein complex

Ring-Shaped Protein Complex Wrangles DNA

Biological physicists at Rice University have a new cellular mechanics theory that rings true. The Rice lab of José Onuchic has determined the structure of...
flexible organic photovoltaicsvideo

Stretchy Solar Cells a Step Closer

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for incorporation into applications like clothing that...
genomic databases

Flood of Genome Data Hinders Efforts to ID Bacteria

There are many ways to slice and dice genomic data to identify a species of bacteria, or at least find its close relatives. But...
sulfur pollution

Coal Power Plant Regulations Neglect a Crucial Pollutant

Cleaning up or replacing coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls could help Texans breathe cleaner, healthier air, according to researchers at Rice...
haptic armbandvideo

Can You Feel What I’m Saying?

Imagine the panic. Fire alarms blare. Smoke fills the room, and you’re left only with the sense of touch, feeling desperately along walls as...
earthquakes

Tiny Northwest Quakes Tied to Deep-Crust Structure

The earthquakes are so small and deep that someone standing in Seattle would never feel them. In fact, until the early 2000s, nobody knew...