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RNA-Editing Tool a Fast, Easy Test for COVID-19 and Other Diseases

RNA-Editing Tool a Fast, Easy Test for COVID-19 and Other Diseases

Cas13 Engineered To Simplify the Identification of Coronavirus A new engineered CRISPR-based method accurately finds RNA from SARS-CoV-2, the virus…

September 22, 2022

A Biodiversity Crisis: Food Webs Worldwide Are Collapsing

The scale of the biodiversity crisis is shown by recreating 130,000 years of mammal food webs. A recent study, published in…

September 13, 2022

SU(N) Matter Is About 3 Billion Times Colder Than Deep Space – Opens Portal to High-Symmetry Quantum Realm

Universe’s coldest fermions open a portal to high-symmetry quantum realm. Physicists from Japan and the U.S. used atoms about 3…

September 2, 2022

New Leukemia-Killing Compounds Discovered

New study highlights potential of mitochondria-targeted chemotherapies. Scientists have discovered promising new drugs that work in concert with other drugs…

July 26, 2022

A Shortcut to Preventing Cancer

A new theory suggests that mutations have few straightforward ways to establish themselves in cells and cause tumors. For many…

June 18, 2022

Molecular Machines: Bacteria-Killing Drills Get an Upgrade

Molecular machines that kill infectious bacteria have been taught to see their mission in a new light. New nanoscale drills…

June 1, 2022

Turning Plastic Waste Into Carbon-Capture Master That Can Soak Up Excess Carbon Dioxide

Rice University lab turns hard-to-process trash into carbon-capture master. Here’s another thing to do with that mountain of used plastic:…

April 6, 2022

Physicists Manipulate Electrons To Create “Synthetic Dimensions”

Rice University lab manipulates ultracold Rydberg atoms to mimic quantum interactions. Our spatial sense doesn’t extend beyond the familiar three…

February 28, 2022

Ancient African DNA Reveals Surprises About How Early Humans Lived, Traveled and Interacted

New research provides evidence of demographic shifts in sub-Saharan Africa. A new analysis of human remains that were buried in…

February 24, 2022

Why Lost Birds and Mammals Spell Doom for Some Plants

Animal-dispersed plants' ability to keep pace with climate change reduced by 60%. In one of the first studies of its…

January 23, 2022

Ancient Air Bubbles Trapped in Antarctic Ice Point to Cause of Oxygen Decline

Glacial erosion likely caused atmospheric oxygen levels to dip over past 800,000 years. An unknown culprit has been removing oxygen…

January 8, 2022

Nanotube Fibers Stand Strong – But for How Long Under Stresses and Strains?

Rice scientists calculate how carbon nanotubes and their fibers experience fatigue. Up here in the macro world, we all feel…

December 29, 2021

A-List Candidate for Fault-Free Quantum Computing Delivers Puzzling Surprise

Puzzling result forces physicists to rethink ‘spin-triplet’ superconductivity. A Rice University-led study is forcing physicists to rethink superconductivity in uranium…

December 22, 2021

Rice University Creates Effective Recipe To Decontaminate Disposable COVID Facemasks at Home

Heating PPE to the right degree kills 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 virus without degrading material. Here’s the recipe to decontaminate a…

November 30, 2021

Orbital Harmony of TRAPPIST-1 Planets Could Survive Only Limited Early Bombardment

Fragile orbits of seven exoplanets limit late arrival of water. Seven Earth-sized planets orbit the star TRAPPIST-1 in near-perfect harmony,…

November 25, 2021

Solar Energy Breakthrough: Ultrathin Solar Cells Using 2D Perovskites Get a Boost

Rice lab finds 2D perovskite compound has the right stuff to challenge bulkier products. Rice University engineers have achieved a…

November 23, 2021

Sex and the Symbiont: Can Algae Hookups Help Corals Survive Climate Change?

Rice biologists’ discovery can be used to help climate-challenged reefs survive for now. A little more sexy time for symbionts…

November 6, 2021

This Pyramid Scheme Could Be Helpful: Controlled Growth of Tetrahedron-Shaped Nanoparticles

Rice chemists discover mechanism in controlled growth of tetrahedron-shaped nanoparticles. Nature clearly likes symmetry. Look at your own hands, for…

October 26, 2021