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Mike Williams, Rice University
December 21, 2015
This Nontoxic Material Is a Spray-On Water Repellent
A new class of superhydrophobic materials mimics one of the planet’s most water-repelling surfaces: the lotus leaf.
November 26, 2015
Camera Prototype Is Thinner Than a Dime
A patented prototype called FlatCam is little more than a thin sensor chip with a mask that replaces ...
October 24, 2015
Nanotubes Found in Lungs of French Kids
Cells taken from the airways of Parisian children with asthma contained man-made carbon nanotubes—just like the kind found ...
August 26, 2015
This Hot Process Revives Soil After Oil Spills
Scientists are using a process called pyrolysis to clean soil contaminated by oil spills in a way that ...
August 12, 2015
Tantalum Shows Promise for High-Density Storage
Scientists have created a solid-state memory technology that allows for high-density storage with a minimum incidence of computer ...
July 15, 2015
How to Make Buckyballs Soak up More CO2
Last year chemists at Rice University discovered that enhanced buckyballs capture carbon dioxide.
July 15, 2015
Marriage of Titanium and Gold Makes a Rare Magnet
Titanium and gold aren’t magnetic—unless you combine them just so.
April 26, 2015
Cobalt Thin Film Splits Water in Two
A cobalt-based thin film serves double duty as a new catalyst that produces both hydrogen and oxygen from ...
April 26, 2015
NASA Asked Students to Make Space Furniture
Five mechanical engineering students designed and assembled a prototype table and chair for astronauts in space or for ...
January 12, 2015
Cheap Asphalt Provides ‘Green’ Carbon Capture
The best material to keep carbon dioxide from natural gas wells from fouling the atmosphere may be a ...
Trump Signs Bill That Deepens US–Taiwan Ties Despite Beijing’s Opposition
President Donald Trump on March 16 signed into law a widely-watched piece of legislation that encourages more high-level ...
Unlawful FISA Spying Widespread Under Obama Administration
The FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA), under the Obama administration, committed numerous violations of procedures intended ...
Child Trafficking Through International Adoption Continues Despite Regulations
Global adoption is a big business, fraught with loose regulations and profit incentives that have made it a ...
A Growing Chorus Objects to Confucius Institutes at American Universities
A Massachusetts lawmaker is the latest dissenting voice against the presence of Confucius Institutes (CIs) on American college ...