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Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, pictured here with students in his lab, aims to make better lithium ion batteries by taking advantage of imperfections in materials. Sarah Bird photo

Better than Perfect: Defects in Materials Could be Key to Better Batteries

September 30, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Missing atoms could provide a highway for ions.

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David Hand, left, and Zhanping You hold samples of crumb rubber and chunks of rubber made from recycled tires. They are leading studies to help determine if asphalt made with crumb rubber could be used on Michigan roads. Sara Bird photo

Where the Rubber Meets the Rubber: Two Michigan Tech Studies Could Lead to Better, Greener Roads

September 29, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Projects will investigate emissions and new asphalt technologies with two grants totaling $1.2 million from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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"Virtual Breast" Could Improve Cancer Detection

September 26, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Simulation software would let clinicians practice looking for cancer.

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Little robots in Nina Mahmoudian's lab bring power to turn on a light, front left, and wave the white flag on the mini-tank. Adapted to real-world conditions, such robots could restore power to critical infrastructure, like cell towers.

Blackout? Robots to the Rescue

September 25, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Big disasters usually lead to big power failures. Nina Mahmoudian is developing a team of robots that can turn the lights back on.

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Carol MacLennan's new book traces how the rise and fall of the sugar planter elite inflicted profound environmental and social changes upon Hawai'i and its people.

A Bittersweet Legacy: Carol MacLennan Documents the Rise and Fall of Sugar in Hawai’i

September 24, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Sugar brought high profits and good jobs to Hawai'i, but at a price.

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Researchers can save thousands of dollars and slash the time it takes to complete experiments by printing parts for their own custom-designed syringe pumps. Joshua Pearce's lab made this web-enabled double syringe pump for less than $160. Emily Hunt photo

Science Just Got Cheaper (and Faster): Design Library Lets Researchers Print their Own Syringe Pumps

September 17, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Researchers can now make their own customized syringe pumps for pennies on the dollar using free designs and a 3D printer.

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MTRI Demos Uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Transportation

September 4, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

The Michigan Tech Research Institute is demonstrating its family of unmanned aerial vehicles at the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress in Detroit.

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Michigan Tech's new transmission electron microscope will be able to generate images such as this one, which reveals the atomic structure of zinc-antimony nanowires.

Michigan Tech Receives NSF Grant for Transmission Electron Microscope

August 26, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Will let researchers capture images at the atomic level and detect the chemical composition of atoms

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Michigan Tech biochemist Tarun Dam with a solution containing lectin, used to study how an important class of biomolecules react in the body. Sarah Bird photo

Breakthrough Understanding of Biomolecules Could Lead to New and Better Drugs

August 22, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Conventional wisdom says that the scaffold in an important class of biological molecules called glycoconjugates is essentially inert. Work led by Michigan Tech chemist Tarun Dam suggests otherwise.

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Nanoscale integrated circuits are so complex that software used by computer chip designers hasn't kept up with the hardware. Zhuo Feng hopes to remedy that with a $400,000 NSF CAREER Award. Wikimedia Commons image by Antoinebercovici

Zhuo Feng Gets CAREER Award to Develop New Tools for Nanoscale Computer Chip Design

August 5, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

With tens of billions of transistors on a single chip, design software is having trouble keeping up with the hardware. Feng hopes to change that.

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