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Brilliant Refraction Action by Soo Sunny Park

Artist Soo Sunny Park leads us through real-life pearly gates with her large-scale installation Unwoven Light. Using twisting fragments of chain-link fence as massive frames, Park fills the common wire structure with hundreds of plexiglass squares, each piece taking almost ninety ...
Lasers create slice of energy storage

Lasers create slice of energy storage

Transforming graphite oxide (GO) into a full-fledged supercapacitor turns out to be a simple process, but until recently, was anything but obvious. Scientists already knew that the heat of a laser could convert GO—the oxidized form of graphite, or carbon-based ...
Virus with sweet tooth makes kids sick

Virus with sweet tooth makes kids sick

Scientists at Rice University have defined the structure, down to the atomic level, of a virus that is the second-leading cause of juvenile diarrhea. The findings could lead to the development of medications to block it before it becomes infectious.
Pollen fossils from Antarctic’s warmer days

Pollen fossils from Antarctic’s warmer days

By studying fossilized grains of pollen, researchers have reconstructed the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula, which gave up its vegetation about 12 million years ago. Scientists are studying the region because it has warmed significantly in recent decades.
Coated sand filters dirty water

Coated sand filters dirty water

A bit of nanotech “magic” is turning sand into a super-effective water purifier. By coating coarse grains of sand with graphite oxide, researchers at Rice University have created a material that is several times more efficient at removing contaminants than ...