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micronutrients

Transporting Micronutrients More Efficiently

A team of researchers led by Navreet Bhullar from the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology at ETH Zurich has genetically modified one of the...
nanoscale virus

Kindest Cut Makes Virus Programmable

By chipping away at a viral protein, Rice University scientists have discovered a path toward virus-like, nanoscale devices that may be able to deliver...
nanotubes

Touchy Nanotubes Work Better When Clean

Carbon nanotubes bound for electronics need to be as clean as possible to maximize their utility in next-generation nanoscale devices, and scientists at Rice...
epilepsy

Presurgical Imaging May Predict Whether Epilepsy Surgery Will Work

Surgery to remove a part of the brain to give relief to patients with epilepsy doesn’t always result in complete seizure relief, but statisticians...
jaundice detectorvideo

NEST360º’s Low-Cost Jaundice Detector Passes First Test in Africa

The first clinical study of a low-cost, hand-held jaundice detector invented by Rice University students couldn’t have come at a better time for NEST360°,...
robotsvideo

Helping Hands Guide Robots as They Learn

Like toddlers, robots can use a little help as they learn to function in the physical world. That’s the purpose of a Rice University...
greenhouse gas

Researchers Pin down One Source of a Potent Greenhouse Gas

A study of a Lake Erie wetland suggests that scientists have vastly underestimated the number of places methane-producing microbes can survive—and, as a result,...
stem cells

Rice U. Undergrad Co-authors Study of How Fats Affect Stem Cells

You really are what you eat … especially when it comes to fats, according to a study this week in the journal Science Advances...
graphene

Wrinkles give Heat a Jolt in Pillared Graphene

Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice University engineers. Rice materials...
nanodeg

Nanoscale Platform Aims to Control Protein Levels

A nanoscale antibody first found in camels combined with a protein-degrading molecule is an effective new platform to control protein levels in cells, according...
batteries

Microscopic Defects Make Batteries Better

High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects — and capitalizing on them, according to Rice University...
groundwatervideo

There’s Something in the Water

Groundwater in rural Bangladesh contains arsenic at 10 to 100 times the amount of safe consumption levels, but is consumed as drinking water from...
microfluidic device

Microfluidics Probe ‘Cholesterol’ of the Oil Industry

It sounds cliché, but things do get worse before they get better when oil and gas lines are being cleared of contaminants, according to...
nerve cells

Nerve Cells’ Gatekeepers Take Many Forms

The ability to track the movements of single molecules has revealed how proteins on the surface of nerve cells control gates that turn chemical...
plasmonic nanostructuresvideo

Nanoscale Islands Dot Light-Driven Catalyst

Individual nanoscale nuggets of gold, copper, aluminum, silver and other metals that capture light’s energy and put it to work are being employed by...
antibodies

Metal Simplifies Synthesis of Antibody Drugs

Rice University scientists have developed a method to efficiently modify natural antibodies that can deliver drugs to target cells. Adding a little extra metal...
Multi-nutrient rice

Multi-Nutrient Rice Against Malnutrition

Nearly every second person eats primarily rice to meet the daily calorie needs. A meal of rice stops the hunger, but contains only very...
tornado

Whirling Particles Are Fastest Ever Detected

The spin of the strongest tornado is a pale shadow of the vortex seen at the heart of matter colliding into a nearly perfect...
graphene

Need Graphene? Grab a Saw

Rice University scientists have made wood into an electrical conductor by turning its surface into graphene. Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues used a...
catalysts

Triple-layer Catalyst Does Double Duty

Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen to produce clean energy can be simplified with a single catalyst developed by scientists at Rice University and...