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When You Wish Upon a Star
3 years ago

When You Wish Upon a Star

This article appeared originally in the Fall 2003 issue of Rice Sallyport and has been lightly edited.

Peggy Whitson, an adjunct assistant professor in Rice’s Department of Biochemistry and …
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A long road to a perfect launch
3 years ago

A long road to a perfect launch

For those of us who put in a substantial part of our careers in dreaming up the mission (it arose from a workshop 25 years ago), to getting it into …
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No Gravity? No Problem for Zero-G Eyewash
3 years ago

No Gravity? No Problem for Zero-G Eyewash

Most laboratories have an emergency eyewash station to help save lab workers’ eyes in the event of a mishap. But what about the International Space Station, one of the most …
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Triple Owl Flies High
3 years ago

Triple Owl Flies High

When Shannon Walker ’87 blasted off June 16 for a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station (ISS), she knew that keeping in touch with her husband and fellow astronaut, …
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We Don’t Know … What the Universe is Made of
3 years ago

We Don’t Know … What the Universe is Made of

What’s the universe made of? That’s the overarching question to everything I do. We know from astrophysical observations that it’s mostly made up of dark matter and dark energy, but …
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Faculty Books: Spring 2019
3 years ago

Faculty Books: Spring 2019

The Flip:Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of KnowledgeJeffrey J. Kripal(Bellevue Literary press, 2019)

 

In 1858, Mark Twain had a vivid dream that his brother Henry was dead. A …
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Attention, Drivers!
3 years ago

Attention, Drivers!

Automated cars are becoming more common, but they still require drivers to react to dangers that aren’t detected by an automated system. New research from Rice and Texas Tech University …
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Elementary Collision
3 years ago

Elementary Collision

Most of Earth’s essential elements for life — including most of the carbon and nitrogen in you — probably came from another planet. Earth most likely received the bulk of …
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Real-Time Evolution
3 years ago

Real-Time Evolution

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million people in the United States fall ill due to antibiotic-resistant infections each year. Of those people, at …
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Faculty Books: Winter 2019
3 years ago

Faculty Books: Winter 2019

The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation By Michael Cassutt (Chicago Review Press, 2018)

George Abbey’s rise through the ranks at NASA, from …
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