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The Menominee Crack split open ground in Michigan�s Upper Peninsula.

Menominee Crack is a Geological Pop-Up Structure

February 9, 2016
By Allison Mills

Researchers have identified what the mysterious Menominee Crack feature is: a geological pop-up. The unusual structure is often found at the base of quarries or where glaciers have recently receded. The team, led by Wayne Pennington, dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech, says the Menominee Crack is a one-of-a-kind feature as far as they can tell.

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Iron Boron Nitride Nanotubes

The Iron Stepping Stones To Better Wearable Tech Without Semiconductors

February 5, 2016
By Allison Mills

Spreading out iron dots on nanotubes could help create better wearable tech that is both reliable and more flexible. The technology looks beyond semiconductors, says lead researcher Yoke Khin Yap, and could change how we construct transistors.

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Memristors definitely beat out old disk drives

Memristors: Making a New Generation for Digital Memory and Computation

February 2, 2016
By Allison Mills

Memristors are a new class of electrical circuits—and they could end the silicon era and change electronics forever.

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Mo Rastgaar's drone catcher speeds toward its target drone.

Drone Catcher: "Robotic Falcon" can Capture, Retrieve Renegade Drones

January 7, 2016
By Marcia Goodrich

A Michigan Tech mechanical engineering researcher has designed a safe, simple "drone catcher."

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Researchers work with BODIPY-based probes

The Case of the Sticky Protein: Interdisciplinary Team Puts Together Clues To Better Sense Surface Hydrophobicity

December 18, 2015
By Allison Mills

As interdisciplinary sleuths, our Michigan Tech researchers are as astute as Sherlock Holmes. A team recently put together clues to solve the case of the sticky protein, opening more possibilities for studying neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Physical therapy graduate students help Samantha Schroth, Ms. Wheelchair America 2015, use a new motor-driven arm cycle as part of a multi-disciplinary research study that bridges engineering and rehabilitation.

Research With Heart: Making Wheelchair Exercise Equipment More Accessible and Adjustable

December 17, 2015
By Allison Mills

Researcher Steven Elmer is bridging the gap between engineering and rehabilitation. He leads a team of mechanical engineering, kinesiology and physical therapy students collaborating to improve exercise equipment for wheelchair users.

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Physics researchers Dongyan Zhang and Bishnu Tiwari

Shaking the Nanomaterials Out: New Method to Purify Water

December 10, 2015
By Allison Mills

Nano implies small—and that’s great for use in medical devices, beauty products and smartphones—but it’s also a problem. All these tiny particles get into our water and are difficult to remove. Now, researchers Yoke Khin Yap and DongyangZhang have a novel and very simple way to take the nanomaterials out.

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Joshua Pearce holds up a flexible solar panel.

Climate Change Liability: How Renewables Can Help Protect Energy Companies

December 7, 2015
By Allison Mills

Climate change lawsuits are becoming more and more likely, but adopting renewable energy could help mitigate that. A new study from Michigan Tech researchers reviewed how climate-related liability for energy companies is calculated and how it could be prevented.

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Michigan Tech's research expenditure rankings are rising.

Michigan Tech Rises in NSF Research Expenditure Rankings

December 2, 2015
By Jennifer Donovan

National Science Foundation (NSF) rankings rise for Michigan Tech research expenditures.  

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Athena 3-D printer

Meet Athena: Michigan Tech's Latest Manufacturing Marvel

November 17, 2015
By Cyndi Perkins

Athena is a new robot designed to expand the scope of 3-D technology.

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