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 Telepathic Exoskeleton Could Help Stroke Victims Move Again

A stroke can cause permanent paralysis even if a patient's cognitive functions recover. But those thoughts, if a revolutionary new robotic orthotic succeeds, could be all it takes to help stroke victims' bodies recover a greater degree of limb function. » 8/30/12 11:30am 8/30/12 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… » 5/31/12 6:40pm 5/31/12 6:40pm

How Ordinary Girl Scout Cookies Can Be Morphed Into Incredible Graphene

Next time you're inhaling an entire box of Girl Scout shortbread cookies, just think of the potential you're wasting: a full $15 billion worth of graphene. At least, that's the estimate given by a team of Rice University researchers working on a dare. » 8/06/11 9:00am 8/06/11 9:00am

Pegboard Device Sinks Carpal Tunnel's Battleship

A pegboard device developed by bioengineering students from Rice University aims to better diagnose and evaluate carpal tunnel syndrome by restraining the hand and analyzing movements with a customized PDA. » 7/09/09 2:40pm 7/09/09 2:40pm

Supermaterial Graphene Could Become Fireproof Megastorage Solution

Already known as the world's strongest material and a great solution for shrinking transistors, now researchers say it can also be used to make super-tough, super-small storage. » 12/19/08 3:30am 12/19/08 3:30am

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