Rural Areas May Soon Get High-Speed WiFi Over Unused TV Bands

If you live out in the less densely inhabited regions of America, chances are very good that high-speed internet in your area is pretty hard—if not impossible—to come by. That could soon change thanks to a team from Rice University who have hacked currently unused, Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum into a… » 9/10/14 3:45pm 9/10/14 3:45pm

The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You a Master of the Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter—designed by students at Rice University—provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer… » 4/22/14 11:30am 4/22/14 11:30am

This New Ballistics Tester Will Play Catch with Air Force Artillery

Normally, when the military tests an artillery prototype, it uses the direct method—they fire it at a wall using a cannon and record what happens. But that's an expensive and destructive test method. A new method, however, developed by students at Rice University may soon revolutionize how the Air Force tests its big… » 5/31/12 6:40pm 5/31/12 6:40pm

Darkest Material Ever Is Almost Blacker Than Karl Rove's Soul

Is there anything you can't do with the wonderful stuff that is nanotubes? A scientist at Rice University has created the world's darkest material ever with pure carbon nanotubes, reflecting only .045 percent of all light shined on it. To put that in perspective, it's 100 times darker than the paint on a black… » 1/16/08 8:35am 1/16/08 8:35am