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Carbon nanotubes built this bizarre ultrablack material - YouTube
“Carbon nanotubes are a lot like graphene: both are super-hyped materials that haven’t changed the world the way we hoped they would. At least, not yet. But while producing nanotubes, one research team accidentally found something else: one of the blackest materials on the planet. We explore how nanotubes help comprise Vantablack, and how ultrablack materials are actually used around the world.”

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vantablack  color  science  2019  black  light  materials  materialscience  carbonnanotubes  history  riceuniversity  graphene  vbx 
august 2019 by robertogreco
John Green's tumblr • Fascinating chart from The Economist (not famed...
"Fascinating chart from The Economist (not famed for its liberal bias) showing how already-rich universities are receiving the most gifts from donors.

In the accompanying article, they write, “Philanthropy may be tilting America’s higher education system even further in favour of the rich.” 

I don’t think there’s any maybe about it. 

Harvard is (obviously) a great school. And because Harvard has an endowment of $32 billion, they can afford to give out a lot of scholarship aid; in fact, over 70% of their students receive aid; the amount is calculated based on family income and assets.

But at least according to Harvard’s financial aid calculator, you have to be ungodly rich not to be in that >70% of kids who receive scholarships. Like, if your parents make $150,000 a year, you personally have a $100,000 trust fund, and your parents have $1,000,000 of assets (not including their home), you get a scholarship.

The ~28% of Harvard students who don’t get merit scholarships are RICHER than that. Basically, over a quarter of Harvard student are in the top 5% of Americans when it comes to income and wealth. 

Meanwhile, as seen in the chart above, less-rich schools attract less donation money, which leads to smaller endowments and fewer scholarship dollars, which means more students have to take out loans, which only increases the U.S.’s already untenable economic inequality."
universities  highered  highereducation  endowments  2015  inequality  wealth  donations  harvard  riceuniversity  financialaid  loands  studentloans  debt  philanthropy  charitableindustrialcomplex  stanford  yale  princeton  sartmouth  duke  johnshopkins  philanthropicindustrialcomplex  capitalism  power  control 
june 2015 by robertogreco
The Persistence of the Old Regime
"This afternoon I ended up reading this Vox story about an effort to rank US Universities and Colleges carried out in 1911 by a man named Kendric Charles Babcock. On Twitter, Robert Kelchen remarks that the report was “squashed by Taft” (an unpleasant fate), and he links to the report itself, which is terrific. "

"University reputations are extremely sticky, the conventional wisdom goes. I was interested to see whether Babcock’s report bore that out. I grabbed the US News and World Report National University Rankings and National Liberal Arts College Rankings and made a quick pass through them, coding their 1911 Babcock Class. The question is whether Mr Babcock, should he return to us from the grave, would be satisfied with how his rankings had held up—more than a century of massive educational expansion and alleged disruption notwithstanding.

It turns out that he would be quite pleased with himself."

"As you can see, for private universities, especially, the 1911 Babcock Classification tracks prestige in 2014 very well indeed. The top fifteen or so USNWR Universities that were around in 1911 were regarded as Class 1 by Babcock. Class 2 Privates and a few Class 1 stragglers make up the next chunk of the list. The only serious outliers are the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Catholic University of America.

The situation for public universities is also interesting. The Babcock Class 1 Public Schools have not done as well as their private peers. Berkeley (or “The University of California” as was) is the highest-ranked Class I public in 2014, with UVa and Michigan close behind. Babcock sniffily rated UNC a Class II school. I have no comment about that, other than to say he was obviously right. Other great state flagships like Madison, Urbana, Washington, Ohio State, Austin, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Kansas, and Iowa are much lower-ranked today than their Class I designation by Babcock in 1911 would have led you to believe. Conversely, one or two Class 4 publics—notably Georgia Tech—are much higher ranked today than Babcock would have guessed. So rankings are sticky, but only as long as you’re not public.

I also did the same figure for Liberal Arts Colleges, almost all of which are private, so this time there’s just the one panel:"

"The UC System is an astonishing achievement, when you look at it, as it propelled five of its campuses into the upper third of the table to join Berkeley."
rankings  colleges  universities  2014  1911  uc  universityofcalifornia  ucsb  ucla  ucsd  uci  ucd  ucr  ucberkeley  riceuniversity  duke  highereducation  highered  kieranhealey  kendriccharlesbabcock  via:audrewatters  usnewsandworldreport 
august 2014 by robertogreco
The James Turrell Skyspace
"Standing adjacent to the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus, James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace has landed. The pyramidal structure accommodates 120 people on two levels and is acoustically engineered for musical performances and a laboratory for music school students. Constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the structure is equipped with an LED light performance that projects onto the ceiling and through the 72-foot square knife-edge roof, which is open to the sky. Turrell’s composition of light complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, and transforms the Skyspace into a locale for experiencing beauty and reflective interaction with the surrounding campus and the natural world. “Twilight Epiphany” is made possible by Suzanne Deal Booth, member of the Rice Board of Trustees."
installations  2012  light  jamesturrell  riceuniversity  houston  art 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Jacobs University Bremen - Wikipedia
"Jacobs University Bremen (previously International University Bremen, IUB) is a premier independent, private university in Bremen, Germany. Jacobs University is an English-speaking higher education institution. Jacobs University combines aspects from the American, British and German academic systems to form an environment with a "trans-disciplinary" approach between diverse disciplines and subject areas." [Sebastian Hirsch studied here.]
bremen  germany  universities  colleges  europe  riceuniversity 
april 2010 by robertogreco
el anatsui - gli (wall)
"earlier this week el anatsui's gli (wall) exhibition opened at the rice gallery in houston, texas. a native of ghana and resident of nigeria since 1975, el anatsui has experimented throughout the years with a variety of media including wood, ceramics, and paint. although anatsui was a respected artist and teacher in africa for more than thirty years, he was little known internationally until ten years ago when he began creating dazzling suspended sculptures made from liquor bottle tops and metal foil collars from the bottle necks. el anatsui was born in anyako, ghana in 1944, and holds degrees in sculpture and art education from the kwame nkrumah university of science and technology, kumasi, ghana. a professor of sculpture at the university of nigeria, nsukka from 1975 to 2009, his work has been exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions, including the 1990 and 2007 venice biennales."
elanatsui  ghana  art  riceuniversity  recycled  srg  glvo 
january 2010 by robertogreco
"Sum is a work of literary fiction composed of forty mutually exclusive stories. Each story offers a different reason for our existence and the meaning of life and death. These are not serious proposals; they’re satirical and thought provoking lenses through which to see our lives at new angles. Can you give us some examples? In different stories, God is a married couple, God is a committee, God is a species of dimwitted creatures, or God is the size of a bacterium. In other stories there is no God at all and people in the afterlife battle over stories of His non-existence. In other stories we are mobile rovers built by planetary cartographers, or we are ten-dimensional creatures taking a vacation in three-dimensional bodies, or our life runs backwards after the expansion of the universe reverses and you get to see all the details you mis-remembered."
davideagleman  riceuniversity  books  fiction  psychology  toread  death  spirituality 
october 2009 by robertogreco
ZEROW HOUSE: Rice Solar Decathlon Home Page
"The ZEROW HOUSE is a 520 square foot zero energy home designed for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon by students from Rice University. The house is run completely off of solar power generated on site, through the use of a photovoltaic array and solar hot water system that collects solar energy. The ZEROW HOUSE is not only technologically innovative, it is also affordable, demonstrating that solar power is viable and that zero energy houses can be an attainable goal for many."

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riceuniversity  homes  housing  solar  energy  technology  zeroenergy  solarpower  sustainability 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Survey : Thumb is directed by Luke Bulman & Jessica Young
"Thumb is a Brooklyn and Baltimore-based graphic design office that was organized as a partnership in 2007. Thumb works on public, private, and self-initiated projects, usually in the areas of architecture, art, design, and culture. Partners Jessica Young and Luke Bulman both received Master of Architecture degrees from Rice University, in Houston, Texas, in 2002 and 1998 respectively.

Thumb is fond of fluorescent inks, microscopic art, live and immediate processes, color, Ebay, shape, very glossy paper, discs, surprises, diagrams, rainbow paper, awkward transitions..."


"Thumb is a Brooklyn-based graphic design office that works on public, private, and self-initiated projects, usually in the areas of architecture, art, design, and culture.

Some of our current projects include: the graphic identity and exhibition design for Towards the Sentient City, in collaboration with the Architectural League; the graphic identity for International Architecture Bienalle in Rotterdam with Interboro Partners, co-curators of the exhibition; identity and environmental graphics for LentSpace, a project of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the graphic identity for the third Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials..."
design  architecture  us  graphics  identity  nyc  typography  brooklyn  agency  graphic  studio  portfolio  graphicdesign  thumb  glvo  print  books  posters  houston  riceuniversity 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Archinect : Features : Working out of the Box: Thumb [designed the "Ring Roads of the World" poster, "Ryan McGinness Works" and "Everything Must Move" books]
"Robert Walters...really inspiring...died-in-the-wool Modernist...survey course...focused a lot on 20th century...presented architecture in larger context of design & culture...looked at Bauhaus typography, Futurist manifestoes, Beuys' sculpture alongside the built work of Mies, Marinetti's drawings & projects like Berlin Free University...very visual approach with side-by-side slide comparisons...sort of broad thinking appealed to me...Studio courses & work culture they promoted, really appealed to me too...long hours in studio...M Arch degree...very strong conceptual bent to Rice...influence of Bruce Mau & Sanford Kwinter who collaborated at Rice for 2-3 years...involvement in school was a sort of experiment to see how design thinking could dismantle & reassemble typical seminar/studio formats. Sometimes these experiments were more/less successful, but there was a huge amount of risk-taking. I still like the idea "nothing ventured, nothing gained" that they worked under..."
robertwalters  thumb  riceuniversity  design  graphics  books  brucemau  sanfordkwinter  futurists  typography  josephbeuys  bauhaus  modernism  interdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  risktaking  architecture  bookdesign  posters  miesvanderrohe  marinetti  berlinfreeuniversity 
june 2009 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: Cardiopulmonary Spatialization
"The idea that architecture might have medical effects on the people who experience it was the premise of a project by Marina Nicollier produced this year at Rice University. In the project's accompanying documentation, Nicollier writes that we must learn "to create spaces that provide, through their experience and material substance, enough variability in environmental effects that individual differences in reception and response can be studied and used as a part of curative regimes." ... During Nicollier's thesis review, we discussed whether it might be possible for her building to act as a template or prototype for other such projects elsewhere. That is, could you produce a kind of spatial franchise in which certain combinations of color, materiality, texture, sequence, and even scent would be put to use for medical purposes? The light, sound, and temperature of the building would thus act as a general format, available to other designers in utterly dissimilar circumstances."
architecture  design  riceuniversity  bldgblog  health  medicine 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Rice University Webcasts: President's Lecture: Robert Irwin on Abstraction
"Internationally renowned artist Robert Irwin, an environmental artist and sculptor who launched the light and space movement, speaks on abstraction, perception and reality. His lecture was the Dominique de Menil Lecture of the 1999-2000 President's Lecture Series."
robertirwin  architecture  space  abstraction  art  riceuniversity 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Study: Genetic info swapped between different species | CNET
"Researchers at Rice University have created a mathematical model that helps build the argument that evolution doesn't proceed solely through breeding and genetic mutations. Rather, organisms also swap large sections of DNA."
science  research  evolution  genetics  biology  riceuniversity 
january 2007 by robertogreco
double negative: a website about michael heizer |
"double negative is the world's only website devoted to the life and work of the artist Michael Heizer, one of the pioneers of a movement known as "land art" or "earth art." Its purpose is to provide a publicly accessible source of information about this
art  scale  modern  architecture  sculpture  riceuniversity  artists  michaelheizer 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Welcome | Project Row Houses
"Project Row Houses is a neighborhood based art and cultural organization located in Houston's Third Ward. PRH was established in 1993 on a site of 22 abandoned shotgun houses (c. 1930) to connect the work of artists with the revitalization of our communi
architecture  riceuniversity  houston  art  museums  public  community  nonprofit  housing  activism  galleries  nonprofits 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Project Row Houses - Rick Lowe - - Art - Report - New York Times
"Although it’s hard to tell at a glance, this stretch of Holman may be the most impressive and visionary public art project in the country — a project that is miles away, geographically and philosophically, from Chelsea and Art Basel and the whole mon
architecture  riceuniversity  houston  art  museums  public 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Rice Gallery | Rip Curl Canyon
"Using 4000 sheets of precision-cut cardboard, Ball-Nogues will create an inhabitable, rolling landscape that extends from the gallery’s floor to its ceiling."
art  architecture  riceuniversity  design  galleries 
october 2006 by robertogreco

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