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Long nanotubes make strong fibersLong nanotubes make strong fibers
Rice researchers advance characterization, purification of nanotube wires and films
To make continuous, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it’s best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University. (October 16, 2017)


Rice U. study: Vibrating nanoparticles interactRice U. study: Vibrating nanoparticles interact
Rice U. study: Vibrating nanoparticles interact
Like a tuning fork struck with a mallet, tiny gold nanodisks can be made to vibrate at resonant frequencies when struck by light. In new research, Rice University researchers showed they can selectively alter those vibrational frequencies by gathering different-sized nanodisks into groups. (October 16, 2017)


Rice U. lab surprised by ultraflat magnetsRice U. lab surprised by ultraflat magnets
Researchers create atom-thick alloys with unanticipated magnetic properties
Substituting atoms in the process of making two-dimensional alloys not only allows them to be customized for applications but also can make them magnetic, according to Rice University scientists and their collaborators. (October 11, 2017)


Nerve cells’ gatekeepers take many formsNerve cells’ gatekeepers take many forms
Rice, UTHealth researchers use light-sensitive molecules to track proteins critical to cell signaling
The ability to track the movements of single molecules has revealed how proteins on the surface of nerve cells control gates that turn chemical signals into electrical signals. The finding is a step forward in detailing mechanisms involved in neurological disease, according to researchers at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (October 9, 2017)


New test opens path for better 2-D catalystsNew test opens path for better 2-D catalysts
Rice, Los Alamos method quickly probes atom-thin materials’ ability to produce hydrogen
Rice University researchers have taken a deep look into atom-thick catalysts that produce hydrogen to see precisely where it’s coming from. Their findings could accelerate the development of 2-D materials for energy applications, such as fuel cells. (October 5, 2017)


Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalystNanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Rice scientists develop method to make multifunctional plasmonic nanostructures
Individual nanoscale nuggets of gold, copper, aluminum, silver and other metals that capture light’s energy and put it to work are being employed by Rice University scientists who have discovered a way to build multifunctional nanoscale structures. (October 4, 2017)


Asphalt helps lithium batteries charge fasterAsphalt helps lithium batteries charge faster
Rice lab finds asphalt-nanoribbon anode more efficient, resistant to dendrites
A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. (October 2, 2017)


Kinesins ignore weak forces as they carry heavy loadsKinesins ignore weak forces as they carry heavy loads
Rice led study shows how motor proteins cooperate – or don’t – to transport cargo in cells
If you’re the motor protein up front, be prepared to do the heavy pulling. (October 2, 2017)

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