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2-D material a brittle surprise2-D material a brittle surprise
Rice researchers finds molybdenum diselenide not as strong as they thought
Scientists at Rice University have discovered that an atom-thick material being eyed for flexible electronics and next-generation optical devices is more brittle than they expected.  (November 14, 2016)

 

Hunt for Huntington’s cause yields cluesHunt for Huntington’s cause yields clues
Rice scientists analyze repeats in proteins implicated in neurological diseases
Rice University scientists have uncovered new details about how a repeating nucleotide sequence in the gene for a mutant protein may trigger Huntington’s and other neurological diseases.  (November 10, 2016)

 

Rice expands graphene repertoire with MRI contrast agentRice expands graphene repertoire with MRI contrast agent
Metal-free fluorinated graphene shows no signs of toxicity in cell culture tests
Graphene, the atomically thin sheets of carbon that materials scientists are hoping to use for everything from nanoelectronics and aircraft de-icers to batteries and bone implants, may also find use as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to new research from Rice University. (November 10, 2016)

 

6 Rice faculty win Simmons mini-collaborative research grants6 Rice faculty win Simmons mini-collaborative research grants
A half-dozen Rice faculty members have been awarded grants from the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Mini-Collaborative Research Fund to work with physicians and scientists at Texas Children’s Hospital and/or Houston Methodist Research Institute on studies ranging from chronic infection and immunotherapy to disease factors in cancer and heart disease.  (November 7, 2016)

 

Light drives single-molecule nanoroadstersLight drives single-molecule nanoroadsters
Rice scientists part of international team demonstrating untethered 3-wheelers
Scientists at Rice University and at the University of Graz, Austria, are driving three-wheeled, single-molecule “nanoroadsters” with light and, for the first time, seeing how they move.  (November 4, 2016)

 

Model expands landscape for signaling protein mutationsModel expands landscape for signaling protein mutations
Rice University scientists develop computational tool to aid synthetic, systems biologists
Protein pairs that control stimulus response in bacteria maintain a sensitive balance between interaction specificity and promiscuity, according to Rice University scientists. (October 31, 2016)

 

Onuchic wins $1.4M NSF grant for biomolecule studyOnuchic wins $1.4M NSF grant for biomolecule study
José Onuchic, co-director of Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, has won a five-year National Science Foundation grant for nearly $1.4 million to continue his lab’s study of relationships between the structures and functions of biomolecules. (October 28, 2016)

 

Smashing metallic cubes toughens them upSmashing metallic cubes toughens them up
Rice scientists fire micro-cubes at target to change their nanoscale structures
Scientists at Rice University are smashing metallic micro-cubes to make them ultrastrong and tough by rearranging their nanostructures upon impact. (October 20, 2016)

 
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