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Natural Sciences announces winners of science image contest

Thank you to all who participated in the NSCI Science Image Contest. We had many great images representing the impactful work of Rice researchers across a wide range of disciplines.

Congratulations to our winners:

1st PLACE     Kira Chen  (Biological Sciences, Visual and Dramatic Arts)     High Density Amyloid Plaques

High density amyloid plaques in silver stained mouse brain, sagittal cut. Courtesy of Jankowsky Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine.

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2nd PLACE     Henry Yu 
(Applied Physics/Materials Science and NanoEngineering)     Graphene Nanosolenoid

Graphene forms helicoids, akin to the mathematical Riemann surface for log(z), naturally occurring as screw dislocations in graphite or anthracite. The miniscule pitch of such winding carbon ribbons endows them with largest magnetic inductance per volume, which surpasses any current technologies. If voltage is applied, electrical current must flow helically, producing near the center strong magnetic field orders of magnitude greater than that of planet Earth.

Yu Henry

3rd PLACE     Mattheau Comerford (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)    Io Moth Larva

This image of a venomous Io moth caterpillar is one of the 856 species identified earlier this month during the two-day long Big Thicket BioBiitz. This event was organized by the National Park Services to celebrate their centennial. More than 3,600 observations were identified and cataloged with the help of more than 26 trained taxonomists and 118 field hands. The effort to catalogue the biodiversity of the Big Thicket nature preserve is an important contribution to science because it aides in our understanding of our nation's overall diversity. The Big Thicket is home to a variety of both endangered and endemic species. These counts help determine resource allocation to maximize future conservation efforts.