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Obstacles not always a hindrance to proteinsObstacles not always a hindrance to proteins
Rice researchers’ theory finds blocked path sometimes speeds DNA sequence search
Proteins are little Olympians in the games of life, racing around cells to trigger critical processes through interactions with specific genes. Sometimes they’re sprinters, sometimes hurdlers. But they generally find their genetic targets, whatever the obstacles. (December 10, 2015)


Superhydrophobic coating protects without the priceSuperhydrophobic coating protects without the price
‘Green’ project led by Rice, Swansea scientists matches best water repellant
A material made by scientists at Rice University, the University of Swansea, the University of Bristol and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is inexpensive, nontoxic and can be applied to a variety of surfaces via spray- or spin-coating. (December 9, 2015)


Nanotube letters spell progressNanotube letters spell progress
Rice team characterizes, analyzes stiffness of individual branching nanotubes
Never mind the ABCs. Rice University scientists interested in nanotubes are studying their XYΩs.  (December 7, 2015)


Nanoscale drawbridges open path to color displaysNanoscale drawbridges open path to color displays
Rice develops first method for reversible color changes with metal nanoparticles
A new method for building “drawbridges” between metal nanoparticles may allow electronics makers to build full-color displays using light-scattering nanoparticles that are similar to the gold materials that medieval artisans used to create red stained-glass.  (December 4, 2015)


Scientists see the light on microsupercapacitorsScientists see the light on microsupercapacitors
Rice University researchers who pioneered the development of laser-induced graphene have configured their discovery into flexible, solid-state microsupercapacitors. (December 3, 2015)


Chemical design made easierChemical design made easier
Rice University scientists prepare elusive organocatalysts for drug and fine chemical synthesis
Rice University scientists using an efficient metal-free process have synthesized dozens of small-molecule catalysts, tools that promise to speed the making of novel chemicals, including drugs.  (November 24, 2015)


Rice makes light-driven nanosubmarinesRice makes light-driven nanosubmarines
Speedy single-molecule submersibles are a first
Though they’re not quite ready for boarding a lá “Fantastic Voyage,” nanoscale submarines created at Rice University are proving themselves seaworthy. (November 16, 2015)


Clay makes better high-temp batteriesClay makes better high-temp batteries
Rice University scientists develop materials to power devices in harsh environments
A unique combination of materials developed at Rice University, including a clay-based electrolyte, may solve a problem for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries destined for harsh environments.  (November 9, 2015)

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