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Scanning electron microscope images show graphene flakes before compression, at left, with individual flakes outlined, and well-connected graphene sheets after compression at right. Scale bar is 20 nanometers. Courtesy of the Ajayan Research Group

For graphite pellets, just add elbow grease

A new report offers insight on how artificially adjusted graphene powder can be squeezed into a lightweight, semi-porous strong that holds a large number of...
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Living abroad leads to a clearer sense of self, study

A new study by the Rice University, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina that focuses on abroad living, suggests that it increases...
A one-torso, one-arm swimmer made of magnetically linked particles moves under the influence of an eccentric magnetic field. Rice University researchers believe it represents the simplest possible form of locomotion. Courtesy of the Biswal Lab

These microrobots can do the breaststroke

Rice University researchers have found what might be the least difficult type of motion in the movements of micron-scale particles connected and driven by...
A scanning electron microscope image shows highly aligned and closely packed carbon nanotubes gathered into a film by researchers at Rice. Courtesy of the Kono Laboratory

Plasmons triggered in nanotube quantum wells

Rice scientists along with scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have detected a novel type of quantum effect in a carbon nanotube film that contributes to the development...
Under a standard microscope, these plasmonic nanoparticles may seem identical, but an image captured by a snapshot hyperspectral imaging system developed at Rice University shows just how different they are. The system images multiple nanoparticles and their plasmonic responses – the light they emit when excited – to show how they differ due to defects or differences in their size or shape.

Scientists developed an imaging technique that pulls plasmon data together

Plasmons are the organized wavering of electrons in metals that is activated by light. Plasmonic nanoparticles are nanometer-sized precious stones that retain and respond...
Tests showed that subcutaneous implants, left, of a hydrogel developed at Rice University encouraged blood vessel and cell growth as new tissue replaced the degrading gel. Courtesy of the Hartgerink Research Group

Hydrogels helps heal wounds without additives

As a synthetic scaffold, Rice scientists have developed hydrogels to deliver drugs and encourage the growth of cells and blood vessels for new tissue. For...
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have grown perfect foot-long sheets of graphene in a custom furnace that blows carbon atoms into place on a moving substrate. Rice University scientist Boris Yakobson and his team modeled how one graphene seed becomes the fittest, a process is known as evolutionary selection, and how it advances depending on the substrate and precursors.

Scientists grew the graphene stronger with wind

Scientists at Rice University along with New Mexico State University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) developed a technique to...
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Nutrient-rich ash from dinosaur-era volcanoes linked with shale oil, gas

Nutrient-rich ash from a huge erupt of volcanic emissions toward the end of the dinosaurs' rule commenced a chain of events that prompted the...
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Health care team training can reduce patient mortality by 13 percent, study

According to a new review paper by a psychologist at Rice University, if health care team training implemented correctly patient mortality can be reduced...