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Mississippi River and Climate Change: Duel between deluge and drought will impact more than 25% of US population

HOUSTON,  (April 4, 2022) – A Rice University-led team of climate scientists and engineers is studying how climate change will impact the frequency and severity of flooding on the Mississippi River thanks to a new grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. “The real question motivating our research is: How will climate change alter the frequency […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Gas flares tied to premature deaths

HOUSTON, (Feb. 28, 2022) – Newly published research by Rice University environmental engineers suggests flaring of natural gas from oil and gas fields in the United States, primarily in North Dakota and Texas, contributed to dozens of premature deaths in 2019. Satellite observations and computer models can link gas flares to air pollution and health, […]

Posted inEnviro

Houston flooding polluted reefs more than 100 miles offshore

HOUSTON, April 7, 2021 – Runoff from Houston’s 2016 Tax Day flood and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey flood carried human waste onto coral reefs more than 100 miles offshore in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, according to a Rice University study. “We were pretty shocked,” said marine biologist Adrienne Correa, co-author of the study in Frontiers in Marine Science. “One […]

Posted inWorld

Campaign promises more likely to be kept by governments run by women, research shows

HOUSTON, February 22, 2021 – Governments with strong female representation are more likely to deliver on campaign promises, according to new research from Rice University. “The Effects of Women’s Descriptive Representation on Government Behavior” by author Jonathan Homola, an assistant professor of political science at Rice, examines campaign promises and subsequent policymaking by parties in […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Study: Link between education, income inequality has existed in the U.S. for a century

HOUSTON, July 27, 2020 –  Income is inextricably linked to access to education in America and it has been for a century, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University and Rice University. “A century of educational inequality in the United States,” published July 27 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, […]

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Rice U. study highlights danger of vitamin B12 deficiency

HOUSTON, March 13, 2019 –  Using roundworms, one of Earth’s simplest animals, Rice University bioscientists have found the first direct link between a diet with too little vitamin B12 and an increased risk of infection by two potentially deadly pathogens. Despite their simplicity, 1-millimeter-long nematodes called Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) share an important limitation with humans: […]

Posted inCalifornia

Warmer, wetter climate would impair California grasslands

HOUSTON, Sept. 6, 2016 — Results from one of the longest-running and most extensive experiments to examine how climate change will affect agricultural productivity show that California grasslands will become less productive if the temperature or precipitation increases substantially above average conditions from the past 40 years. That’s one conclusion from a new study in […]

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