CUBES 3 (IMAGE) Rice University Caption A cross-section composite image of a silver microcube impacted on its side shows decreasing grain size closer to where the deformed cube hit the target. Rice University scientists believe their research will lead to better materials for high-impact applications. Credit Thomas Group/Rice University Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.