Rice University

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Rice University is a private, coeducational institution known for its academic excellence and the achievements of its faculty, graduates and students. The university is located in Houston, Texas. Rice offers outstanding programs in engineering, science, managerial studies, the humanities and the arts.
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2020
12 Jun 2020

Making 4D Printing More Practical

Soft robots and biomedical implants that reconfigure themselves upon demand are closer to reality with a new way to print shapeshifting materials.
11 Jun 2020

Tiny, Magnetically Powered Neural Stimulator

Neuroengineers have created a tiny surgical implant that can electrically stimulate the brain and nervous system without using a battery or wired power supply.
31 Mar 2020

Moving Towards 3D Bioprinted Cardiovascular Tissue

Cardiologists need to rely on the technology at their disposal. Shortages in available donor tissue for cardiac transplantation are driving the development of cardiovascular 3D bioprinting technologies.
19 Mar 2020

Smart Wound Healing Patch: DARPA Awards $22 Million Grant

Neuroengineers and bioengineers are part of a national team that's developing "smart" technology that combines artificial intelligence, bioelectronics and regenerative medicine to regrow muscle tissue for wounded soldiers.
2 Mar 2020

Magnet-Controlled Bioelectronic Implant Relieves Pain

A team of engineers has introduced the first neural implant that can be both programmed and charged remotely with a magnetic field.
21 Feb 2020

Graphene Forms Under Microscope's Eye

You don't need a big laser to make laser-induced graphene. Scientists are using a very small visible beam to burn the foamy form of carbon into microscopic patterns.
10 Feb 2020

Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells

Engineers have created a deep learning computer system that taught itself to accurately predict extreme weather events, like heat waves, up to five days in advance using minimal information about current weather conditions.
4 Feb 2020

Graphene Won't Crack Under Pressure

Graphene is a paradox: it is the thinnest material known to science, yet also one of the strongest. Now, research shows that graphene is also highly resistant to fatigue — able to withstand more than a billion cycles of high stress before it breaks.
30 Jan 2020

Trash into Valuable Graphene in a Flash

That banana peel, turned into graphene, can help facilitate a massive reduction of the environmental impact of concrete and other building materials. While you're at it, toss in those plastic empties.
24 Jan 2020

Deep Learning Enables Real-Time Imaging Around Corners

Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time.
22 Jan 2020

Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards

Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
9 Jan 2020

New Production Method for Carbon Nanotubes Gets Green Light

A new method of producing carbon nanotubes - tiny molecules with incredible physical properties used in touchscreen displays, 5G networks and flexible electronics - has been given the green light by researchers, meaning work in this crucial field can continue.
2019
25 Dec 2019

Storing Medical Information Below the Skin's Surface

Every year, a lack of vaccination leads to about 1.5 million preventable deaths, primarily in developing nations. One factor that makes vaccination campaigns in those nations more difficult is that there is little infrastructure for storing medical records, so there's often no easy way to determine who needs a particular vaccine.
12 Dec 2019

Improved Online Shopping with 'Distributed Deep Learning" Breakthrough

Online shoppers typically string together a few words to search for the product they want, but in a world with millions of products and shoppers, the task of matching those unspecific words to the right product is one of the biggest challenges in information retrieval.
3 Dec 2019

Old Newspapers Used to Grow Carbon Nanotubes

A research collaboration has found that old newspapers can be used as a low cost, eco-friendly material on which to grow single walled carbon nanotubes on a large scale.
20 Nov 2019

3D Printed Bulletproof Material

A lightweight material full of holes is nearly as hard as diamond. The mere dents left by speeding bullets prove it.
9 Oct 2019

Wireless device for pain management could be non-opioid alternative

Neuropathic pain can be a disabling disorder and accounts for nearly 40 percent of chronic pain sufferers. Not only can it lead to anxiety and depression, but another result can be opioid addiction.
9 Oct 2019

Bacteria trapped — and terminated — by graphene filter

Airborne bacteria may see what looks like a comfy shag carpet on which to settle. But it's a trap. Scientists have transformed their laser-induced graphene into self-sterilizing filters that grab pathogens out of the air and kill them with small pulses of electricity.
30 Aug 2019

New study reveals carbon nanotubes measurement possible for the first

Scientists have reported a new approach to measuring the conductivity between identical carbon nanotubes which could be used to help improve the efficiency of electrical power cables in the future.
21 Aug 2019

Damaged hearts rewired with nanotube fibers

Thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes have now proven able to bridge damaged heart tissues and deliver the electrical signals needed to keep those hearts beating.