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1 hr ago | Crawfish Boxes

Astros and Houston rapper Bun B team up to create Astros cap

The Astros, New Era, and Bun B have created a custom Astros cap to be sold at Minute Maid Park and local Academy Sports + Outdoors stores. Bun B is a founding member of the "Underground Kingz", writer, Rice University professor, and now designer of a new Astros cap.

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Related Topix: Houston, TX, Sports, Houston Astros, Major League Baseball

4 hrs ago | EurekAlert!

Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass. The new work by Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues could keep glass surfaces from windshields to skyscrapers free of ice and fog while retaining their transparency to radio frequencies .

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Related Topix: Chemistry, Science, Akron, OH

8 hrs ago | Chronicle.com

New Report's Recipe for Economic Success: Nurturing University-Business Ties

For the United States to stay economically competitive, research universities must strike many more partnerships with the private sector, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences said in a report issued on Tuesday. The report was written by a 25-member panel of academic, government, and business experts.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

Houston Press

Rice University

Roger Corman directed the 1960 film version of The Little Shop of Horrors. The high-camp, low-budget comedy became a cult classic and spawned the rock musical by Howard Ashman and Alan... Filmmaker and visual artist Y. David Chung discusses and screens his documentary Koryo Saram - The Unreliable People as part of My Voice Would Reach You, a ... (more)

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Related Topix: Anton, TX

EurekAlert!

'Squid skin' metamaterials project yields vivid color display

The quest to create artificial "squid skin" -- camouflaging metamaterials that can "see" colors and automatically blend into the background -- is one step closer to reality, thanks to a breakthrough color-display technology unveiled this week by Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics . The new full-color display technology uses aluminum nanoparticles to create the vivid red, blue and green hues found in today's top-of-the-line LCD televisions and monitors.

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Related Topix: TV, Electronics

EurekAlert!

Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers

The very idea of fibers made of carbon nanotubes is neat, but Rice University scientists are making them neat -- literally. The single-walled carbon nanotubes in new fibers created at Rice line up like a fistful of uncooked spaghetti through a process designed by chemist Angel Marti and his colleagues.

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Related Topix: Chemistry

Sun Sep 14, 2014

CultureMap

A-list crowd gets ready for grand gala - six months early - at glam kick-off party

In H-Town's social milieu, there are kick-off parties and then there are KICK-OFF parties. Asia Society Texas Center threw one of the latter Tuesday night when a swell group of 200 partied through the elegant Southampton home of Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron , Rice University president, in advance of the annual Tiger Ball.

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Related Topix: Texas

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Hill

Makdisi's "Gun Zionism" hit job

Professor Ussama Makdisi's "Gun Zionism" is blatant anti-Israel propaganda, line after clichA©d line. Makdisi declares that the recent Israel/Hamas war is about "fundamental injustice that is at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict."

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Related Topix: Israel, World News, Middle East, Palestinian Territories, Terrorism, Prison

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Science Blog

Some male scientists willing to forsake careers for family

One third of men in academic science are willing to scale back their careers to focus on family life, according to researchers. While traditional fatherhood roles may be shifting, men in the male-dominated field of academic science, such as physics and biology, face significant challenges in trying to balance work and family life, said Sarah Damaske, assistant professor of labor and employment relations and sociology, Penn State.

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Related Topix: Southern Methodist University, University of Chicago

KurzweilAI.net

New synthetic gene circuits can perform complex bio-logic tasks

Scientists at Rice University and the University of Kansas Medical Center are using multiple chimeric transcription factors as logic circuits to perform complex tasks in cells. The circuits are triggered when modular protein domains sense the presence of specific chemical combinations in a cell.

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Related Topix: University of Kansas Medical Center, Genetics, Medicine, Biology, Environment

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Planetizen

Lessons Learned from Decades of California Planning

Since the 1980s, California has been both a beacon of cutting-edge urban policy and an example of the ways planning can go awry. Bill Fulton is in a position to consider California's progress, after an extraordinarily prominent career as a mainstay of the state's city planning and civic community-from mayor of Ventura to director of San Diego's Planning Department.

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Related Topix: California

EurekAlert!

Cloud-computing revolution applies to evolution

A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh, both associate professors of computer science, will develop parallel-processing tools that track the evolution of genes and genomes across species.

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Related Topix: Science, Computer Science, Cloud Computing, Science / Technology, High Performance Computing, Computers

Tue Sep 09, 2014

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Perry's gamble pays off: Senate win boosts Lubbock Republican's political capital

Perry, R-Lubbock, who was running unopposed in House District 83, withdrew his name from the Nov. 4 ballot so he could run for the Texas Senate District 28 seat Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan held for 18 years. Unlike Duncan in 1996 - who also gave up a safe House seat but had to win his Senate office in a runoff - Perry not only avoided a second round, but his victory earned him even more political capital than in the March 4 primary when he buried Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees President Steve Massengale.

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Related Topix: Lubbock, TX, Texas Government, Texas, Texas Tech

Forbes.com

Kurdish Oil and US Leverage in Iraq

We explore a variety of global energy issues through its programs in global oil, global natural gas, energy and cybersecurity, energy and the environment, and electricity policy, as well as programs with specific focus on China, Brazil and Mexico and energy-macroeconomy linkages. Led by Senior Director Kenneth B. Medlock III, our primary mission at the CES is to provide new insights on the role of economics, policy and regulation in the performance and evolution of energy markets.

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Related Topix: Texas, Iraq, World News

EurekAlert!

Phosphorus a promising semiconductor

That makes it a promising candidate for nano-electronic applications that require stable properties, according to new research by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his colleagues. In a paper in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters , the Rice team analyzed the properties of elemental bonds between semiconducting phosphorus atoms in 2-D sheets.

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Texas Tribune

Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and Rice University

Despite falling a spot in this year's U.S. News & World Report college rankings, Rice University remained the only Texas university to crack the top 20. Texas universities saw little change in their position in the influential and controversial rankings of the country's colleges and universities. The list was released on Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Texas, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Business Journal

U.S. News ranks Texas universities among the nation's best

Texas universities fared well in the U.S. News & World Report 2015 list of Best Colleges, with Rice University in Houston cracking the top 20 and eight other universities making the top 200. As you might expect, Ivy League schools dominated the top of the list, with Princeton University in New Jersey ranked No.

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Related Topix: Texas, Princeton University

Mon Sep 08, 2014

The Daily Star

Why Modi will need more time

DELHI How fitting for the world's largest and perhaps most free-wheeling democracy that with only 100 days having passed since Narendra Modi was sworn into office as Prime Minister of India, critics and supporters alike -- in Bangladesh and elsewhere -- are already vocally weighing in on his performance. Hope remains high that Modi will bring change to this traditions-bound nation, but as Russell Green, a former U.S. Treasury attach to India and Clayton Fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute, puts it, "[Modi] has yet to explain his big economic reform vision in enough detail to revive corporate investment and pull the public onboard."

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EurekAlert!

Rice chemist wins rare NSF Special Creativity Award

Chemist Eugene Zubarev's research group includes postdoctoral fellow Min Wang, Zubarev, graduate student Paul Derry, postdoctoral fellow Anton Liopo and graduate student Stella Keck. Ounce for ounce, gold nanorods that are commercially available cost about 7,000 times more than bulk gold, but that may change, thanks to an award-winning research program in the laboratory of Rice University chemist Eugene Zubarev.

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Related Topix: Chemistry, Science

Environmental Leader

How to Stem Fracking Water Use

More advanced recycling rather than disposal of water produced by hydraulic fracturing could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, according to Rice University scientists. The study, which appears in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts , includes a detailed analysis of produced water of three gas reservoirs and suggests environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it .

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Related Topix: Chemistry, Science

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