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We Don’t Know … What the Universe is Made of
6 days ago

We Don’t Know … What the Universe is Made of

What’s the universe made of? That’s the overarching question to everything I do. We know from astrophysical observations that it’s mostly made up of dark matter and dark energy, but …
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Picturing Life
6 days ago

Picturing Life

Paul Hester’s light blue 1992 Volvo has a license plate that says “LOOK.” It’s the philosophy Hester,  now professor emeritus of photography, has been following since he fell in love …
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The Builder in the Blue Studio
6 days ago

The Builder in the Blue Studio

Illustration by Adam Cruft

As a professor of architecture, Carlos Jimenez has collected an impressive list of accolades, including Rice’s 2013 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, DesignIntelligence’s 2013 …
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Faculty Books
6 days ago

Faculty Books

The Flip:Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of KnowledgeJeffrey J. Kripal(Bellevue Literary press, 2019)

In 1858, Mark Twain had a vivid dream that his brother Henry was dead. A …
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Attention, Drivers!
6 days ago

Attention, Drivers!

Automated cars are becoming more common, but they still require drivers to react to dangers that aren’t detected by an automated system. New research from Rice and Texas Tech University …
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Elementary Collision
1 week ago

Elementary Collision

Most of Earth’s essential elements for life — including most of the carbon and nitrogen in you — probably came from another planet. Earth most likely received the bulk of …
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Real-Time Evolution
1 week ago

Real-Time Evolution

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million people in the United States fall ill due to antibiotic-resistant infections each year. Of those people, at …
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Faculty Books: Winter 2019
3 months ago

Faculty Books: Winter 2019

The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation By Michael Cassutt (Chicago Review Press, 2018)

George Abbey’s rise through the ranks at NASA, from …
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We Don’t Know: How Heart Valve Disease Starts
3 months ago

We Don’t Know: How Heart Valve Disease Starts

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

One of the big problems in my field is that the early stages of heart valve disease are a mystery. Even people who have regular …
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Distraction Actions
3 months ago

Distraction Actions

Photo: Unsplash

Rice researchers examined the relationship between people who use multiple digital devices at once (known as media multitaskers) and how they perceive people they have never previously met. …
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