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Researchers turn dead spiders into ‘necrobotic’ grippers
Several articles feature collaborative Rice research that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers. Co-authors Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and graduate student Faye Yap are quoted. A Rice video is included in CNET.
CNET (Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 70 other media outlets.)
‘Necrobotics’: Spider corpses make terrific claw machine grabbers
Scientists are turning dead spiders into ‘necrobots’ and we are so creeped out
MSN Australia (This article originally appeared in ScienceAlert.)
Beware the zombie spiders! Scientists transform dead arachnids into ‘necrobots’ that can serve as mechanical grippers
Daily Mail
Dead spiders: Nature’s robot hands
Yahoo! Life (This article originally appeared in TechCrunch.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Midday’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘Fox 5 News This Morning’
KVVU-TV (Las Vegas)
KFI-AM (Los Angeles)
‘Newstalk 800’
CJAD-AM (Quebec, Canada)
Gli scienziati trasformano i ragni morti in ‘robot della morte’ e abbiamo paura
WatchItalia.it (An English translation is not available.)

Americans driving less with pump prices still higher than a year ago
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 26 print editions of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Why expensive gasoline is here to stay
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Tras la agitación reciente, la contienda para gobernador en Texas se intensifica
Chicago Tribune (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Could falling gasoline demand help drive down prices? Here’s what energy experts say.
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle also appeared on the front page of the July 26 print edition.)
‘6 News at Five’
KRIS-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/july-26-krane (This segment aired seven times on affiliate stations across the U.S., and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Saudi prince heads to EU for first time since Khashoggi killing
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Fish poop might help fight coral reef bleaching
Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted.
Popular Science (This Hakai Magazine article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

De Estados Unidos a México. Perro que ladra sí muerde
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Expansión (An English translation is not available.)

Científicos ‘hackean’ el cerebro de moscas de la fruta y logran controlar sus alas a distancia
An article features Rice research creating a wireless technology to remotely activate specific brain circuits in fruit flies. Jacob Robinson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.
La Opinión (An English translation is not available. A similar article also appeared in the July 25 print edition of The Star.)

Is an online master’s degree in computer science worth it?
An article mentions that Rice’s online master’s degree program in computer science is ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Fortune.
Fortune (This article also appeared in Fior Reports.)
Investors contributing to rise in rentals in Tomball, Magnolia
Steve Sherman, staff researcher at the Kinder institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared on the front page of the July 23-Aug. 26 print and digital editions of the Tomball/Magnolia issue.) 

Pasadena private school undergoes repairs from massive water leak
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Mercury Fund leader bringing expertise to feds’ innovation board
An article mentions that Topl, a blockchain technology company that creates reports for companies aiming to be more transparent about sustainable supply chains, was founded by Rice community members.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 25 print edition, and it appeared in MSN Money.)

Houston EV charging tech company raises $6M series A
An article featuring Ben Jawdat, founder and CEO of Revterra Corp., mentions that he is a former Rice postdoctoral fellow.
FROM THE LABS: Researchers discover novel light-gated potassium channel
An article mentions that graduate student Xiaoyu Lu collaborated on the featured research.
Baylor College of Medicine
Gasoline prices are soaring well above the price of crude oil. Here’s why.
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
KUT Online (This article also appeared in KERA Online.)

HISD’s Miles Ahead Scholars Program is increasing the number of Latino and Black students enrolling in college
A broadcast segment mentions that the Rice University School Mathematics Project has partnered with the Miles Ahead Scholars Program.

Kneisel Hall Young Artists perform for a small audience
An article features graduate students Garri Hovsepyan and Cami Akioka, who are performing at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Bangor, Maine.
Fox 22 Online (This segment also aired on WFVX-TV in Bangor, Maine.)

‘John Tesh Radio Show’
A broadcast mentions Rice research that found clean environments lead to more ethical behavior.
KPLA-FM (Columbia, Missouri)
http://dateline.rice/july-14-tesh (This segment aired on more than 300 affiliate stations across the U.S. and Canada.)
The surprising religious diversity of America’s 13 colonies
James Sidbury, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities, is quoted.

Tetrahedrons assemble! Three-sided pyramids form 2D structures
An article features collaborative Rice research that found tiny gold tetrahedrons have the ability to arrange themselves into 2D chiral superstructures. Co-authors quoted include Matthew Jones, the Gene and Norman Hackerman Junior Chair, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and an assistant professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Zhihua Cheng.
Science Daily

Felony convictions hinder efforts to access stable housing even if no prison time is served, study shows
An article features Rice research that found that individuals who have felony convictions still have difficulty accessing stable housing, even if they’ve never served time in prison. Study author Brielle Bryan, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.

Improvements made to catalyst that destroys ‘forever chemicals’ with sunlight
An article features collaborative Rice research that found boron nitride-titanium dioxide composites could degrade about 99% of perfluorooctanoic acid, one of the world’s most problematic “forever chemical” pollutants. The article also mentions Rice’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Michael Wong, the Tina and Sunit Patel Professor in Molecular Nanotechnology, a professor and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering; graduate student Bo Wang; visiting graduate student Lijie Duan; and research scientist Kimberly Heck.
Technology Networks

Explosive volcanic eruption produced rare mineral on Mars
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that a volcanic eruption on Mars produced a rare mineral, a mystery that had puzzled scientists for six years. Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and postdoctoral researchers Valerie Payré and Michael Thorpe are quoted.
Science Daily
Planetary scientists answer mystery following NASA’s rare mineral discovery in Mars after six years
Nature World News

Episode 39: Random ways to start research
A podcast features Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science.
Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast (This article also appeared in IEEE Computer Society.)

Buccino Leadership Institute named most outstanding for 2022 by ALE  
An article mentions that Rice is a former winner of the Association of Leadership Educators’ Outstanding Program award.
Seton Hall University’s Buccino Leadership Institute (This article also appeared in Essex News Daily.)
Offshore wind farms proposed off Louisiana, Texas coasts could power 3 million homes
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Louisiana Illuminator (This article also appeared in Baton Rouge Business Report.)
C-USA announces media’s predicted order of finish for 2022
A roundup mentions Rice football ahead of its upcoming season. Owls Bradley Rozner, Shea Baker, Ikenna Enechukwu, George Nyakwol and Sean Fresch are highlighted in the second article. Rozner, Enechukwu and fellow Owls Treshawn Chamberlain, Sam Crawford and Gabe Taylor are featured in 247Sports.com. ClemsonTigers.com mentions that Enechukwu is on the watch list for the 2022 Outland Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s top interior lineman. 
Conference USA (A similar article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, WOAI Online.)
C-USA announces 2022 football preseason watch list
Conference USA (This article also appeared in GoBlueRaiders.com and WKUSports.com.)
Five opposing players to watch: Rice
Clemson places three on Outland watch list
Jets re-sign veteran offensive lineman ahead of camp
An article features former Rice football player Austin Walter.
Heavy. (This article also appeared in ZonaDePrensaRD.com, Noufelle FR, Tebigeek, Nachrichten DE and BitDaily.nl.)

Camron Harrell picked preseason All-Sun Belt; Golden Eagles picked fifth in West Division
An article mentions last season’s football game between Rice and the University of Southern Mississippi.

VB: Southland releases updated 2022 schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team is slated to play McNeese State University Sept. 6.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi releases volleyball schedule for 2022 season
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team is slated to play Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Sept. 10.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

10 things North Texas fans should know about running back Ayo Adeyi
An article mentions last season’s football game between Rice and the University of North Texas.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Harvard and community college? Owen Holt did both at the same time on the way to Daytona
Rice is mentioned.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Texas recruiting notebook: Transfers over high schoolers? Why Jimbo looks outside the state
An article mentions Rice football’s recruiting efforts.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)
Caring for loved ones with dementia is stressful. Rice researchers aim to help.
A new, five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging and led by Rice psychologist Bryan Denny will focus on designing, delivering and testing interventions that can help alleviate stress and improve overall health for family caregivers by helping them regulate their emotions.

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