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Titanium + gold = new gold standard for artificial jointsTitanium + gold = new gold standard for artificial joints
Rice lab discovers titanium-gold alloy that is four times harder than most steels
Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it’s strong, wear-resistant and nontoxic, but an unexpected discovery by Rice University physicists shows that the gold standard for artificial joints can be improved with the addition of some actual gold. (July 20, 2016)

 

Gas sensors ‘see’ through soil to analyze microbial interactionsGas sensors ‘see’ through soil to analyze microbial interactions
Rice University technique could aid agriculture, wastewater, greenhouse gas studies
Rice University researchers have developed gas biosensors to “see” into soil and allow them to follow the behavior of the microbial communities within.  (July 18, 2016)

 

Rice’s ‘antenna-reactor’ catalysts offer best of both worldsRice’s ‘antenna-reactor’ catalysts offer best of both worlds
Technology marries light-harvesting nanoantennas to high-reaction-rate catalysts
In a find that could transform some of the world’s most energy-intensive manufacturing processes, researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics have unveiled a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic nanomaterials and high-efficiency metal catalysts.  (July 18, 2016)

 

‘Rivet graphene’ proves its mettle‘Rivet graphene’ proves its mettle
Rice lab shows toughened material is easier to handle, useful for electronics
Nanoscale “rivets” give graphene qualities that may speed the wonder material’s adoption in products like flexible, transparent electronics, according to researchers at Rice University.  (July 14, 2016)

 

Amyloid probes gain powers in search for Alzheimer’s causeAmyloid probes gain powers in search for Alzheimer’s cause
Rice University lab’s molecule offers real-time monitoring of plaques implicated in disease
A metallic molecule being studied at Rice University begins to glow when bound to amyloid protein fibrils of the sort implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. When triggered with ultraviolet light, the molecule glows much brighter, which enables real-time monitoring of amyloid fibrils as they aggregate in lab experiments. (July 7, 2016)

 

Proteins put up with the roar of the crowdProteins put up with the roar of the crowd
Rice University simulations show dynamics support efficient binding on DNA
It gets mighty crowded around your DNA, but don’t worry: According to Rice University researchers, your proteins are nimble enough to find what they need.  (June 23, 2016)

 

Rice scientists streamline synthesis of potential cancer drugRice scientists streamline synthesis of potential cancer drug
Nicolaou and colleagues refine production of potent anti-tumor antibiotic uncialamycin
A team led by Rice University scientists has improved the production of a potent anti-tumor antibiotic known as uncialamycin. (June 23, 2016)

 

Core proteins exert control over DNA functionCore proteins exert control over DNA function
Rice University-based models simulate how nucleosomes facilitate gene exposure
The protein complex that holds strands of DNA in compact spools partially disassembles itself to help genes reveal themselves to specialized proteins and enzymes for activation, according to Rice University researchers and their colleagues. (June 21, 2016)

 
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