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By comparing sexual and asexual species of evening primroses, pictured, Erika Hersch-Green demonstrated that sexual reproduction offers a significant advantage.

Sex: It’s a Good Thing, Evolutionarily Speaking

May 29, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Way more than fun and games, sex appears to give an evolutionary advantage.

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Little brown bats help control insect pests.

Chemical Fingerprinting Tracks the Travels of Little Brown Bats

May 29, 2012
By Jennifer Donovan

A new technique enables Michigan Tech researchers to track the origins of the little brown bats that hibernate in old mines in the western Upper Peninsula. 

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An illustration of the buoy used to study the wind above Lake Michigan. The three red lines represent the laser beams, which measure wind speed and direction 1,000 times a second. Axys Technologies illustration

Everyone Knows It's Windy . . .

May 24, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Now they have the data that details just how windy Lake Michigan can be, critical information for anyone considering a wind farm on the Great Lakes. 

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Transmission electron microscopy image of carbon nitride created by the reaction of carbon dioxide and Li3N.

From Lemons to Lemonade: Reaction Uses Carbon Dioxide to Make Carbon-Based Semiconductor

May 18, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Making CO2 intto solid, useful materials

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Nazmiye Yapici, left, and Lanrong Bi

Shining Light on Cells' Inner Workings

May 15, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

New fluorescent dyes could help diagnose pathologies such as cancer in the early stages.

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Ruts like these pose a serious threat to motorists. Zhanping You and his team have discovered that adding nanoclay to the asphalt pavement mix may help roads resist rutting.

Michigan Tech Researcher Using Nanoclays to Build Better Asphalt

May 3, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

His paper on the subject made ScienceDirect’s Top 25 Hottest Articles list for the journal Construction and Building Materials.

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Archaeologist Timothy Scarlett with a pulley stand at the Quincy Mine, near Hancock. He�s searching for a simple way to keep such iron artifacts from rusting away.

Archaeologist, Chemical Engineer Unite in a War on Rust

May 2, 2012
By John Gagnon

Iron artifacts corrode and break down, a process that spells ruin for preservationists. What if you could stop the rust?

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Leaving bottles of water in the sun kills bacteria?but only if the water is transparent. Michigan Tech?s Joshua Pearce has devised a simple way to clarify water, so even muddy water could be made save for drinking. SODIS photo

Clean Drinking Water for Everyone

April 30, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

A scientist at Michigan Tech has developed a simple, cheap way to make water safe to drink

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Graphene

Graphene Boosts Efficiency of Next-Gen Solar Cells

April 23, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

Improved electrical conductivity enhances electron transfer, says Michigan Tech scientist

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Robert Nemiroff

Nemiroff Honored for Astrophysics Research

April 20, 2012
By Marcia Goodrich

His "quest to understand Nature—and transfer that understanding to others—is unflagging.”

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