How to tailor optical processors

Rice University scientists have unveiled a robust new method for arranging metal nanoparticles in geometric patterns that can act as optical processors that transform incoming light signals into output of a different color.

Thousands of censors delete China's tweets

Chinese censors work very, very quickly, it seems, with a new report concluding that they're getting rid of unwanted posts on local Twitter clone Weibo almost immediately.

Volcanoes trigger greenhouse effect

Earth's repeated flip-flopping between greenhouse and icehouse states over the past 500 million years may have been caused by volcanoes at particular spots where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere.

2D electronics come a step closer

Scientists say they've taken a big step toward the creation of two-dimensional electronics by combining a conductor and an insulator in layers just an atom thick.

Video: Argos feeds data hungry mobile devices

Researchers at Rice University have developed new multi-antenna technology that could potentially help wireless providers keep pace with data-hungry smartphones and tablets.

Scientists develop paintable batteries

Scientists at Rice University have managed to design a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface.

Meter-long nanotubes on the cards

Researchers have calculated that it should be perfectly possible to grow a perfect, meter-long single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.

This super-efficient chip is "inexact"

An international team of engineers has designed an "inexact" computer chip that attempts to challenge the industry's 50-year pursuit of accuracy.

Reusable nanosponges could soak up oil spills

Researchers have created a new material that has, they say, an astounding ability to absorb oil spilled in water.

Team models Jupiter's Trojan asteroids inside a single atom

Rice University physicists have built an accurate model of part of the solar system inside a single atom of potassium.

Electron superhighway paves way for quantum computer

Rice University physicists have created a tiny "electron superhighway" that could help scientists design a quantum-based computer at some point in the future.

Breakthrough allows full-duplex over existing wireless systems

Rice University researchers say they've developed a full-duplex wireless technology that could allow wireless phone companies to double the throughput on their networks without adding any more cell towers.

Scientists build battery in a nanowire

Rice University researchers say they've been able to pack an entire lithium ion energy storage device into a single nanowire - as small as such devices could possibly get.

Daily deal sites in decline

Make the most of daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial - because they're set for a big decline, according to a Rice University professor.