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New research on biosolids

Jennifer Becker, Eric Seagren Receive Wastewater Research Award

November 12, 2015
By Shannon Rinkinen

Two engineering researchers win a Water Environment Research Foundation grant to study how to improve the safety and quality of biosolids from treated wastewater.

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The view from Lynn Mazzoleni's field site on Pico Mountain in the Azores is lofty and new mass spectrometer equipment on campus will improve our understanding of the atmospheric samples collected there.

Lynn Mazzoleni Leads a Team to Bring a New High-Resolution Spectrometer to Campus

October 23, 2015
By Allison Mills

Lynn Mazzoleni, an associate professor of chemistry at Michigan Technological University and a recent Fulbright Scholar awardee, is the lead researcher on a team that is bringing a high-resolution mass spectrometer to Michigan Tech through a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Solar Reflectors Thermal

Shining More Light on Solar Panels

October 21, 2015
By Allison Mills

Solar panels are the beacon of renewable energy, yet they are not getting as much light as they could be. Joshua Pearce from Michigan Technological University and a team from Queen’s University in Canada have found a way to get more sun to shine on the panels and crank up the output by 30 percent or more.

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Holodec Wing

New HOLODEC Study in Science on Using Holography to Better Understand Clouds

October 1, 2015
By Allison Mills

A new way of seeing clouds—and the way wet and dry air form sharp boundaries—is the focus of a Michigan Tech-led study, published in Science this week.The team used holography and an airborne laboratory to gather this insight.

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CParticle Black Carbon

Michigan Tech Team Helps Clarify the Impacts of Black Carbon in Nature Communications Study

September 30, 2015
By Allison Mills

Michigan Tech researchers collaborated with a team from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and several other universities on the Clean Air for London (ClearfLo) project. Their research on black carbon’s impacts came out this week in Nature Communications.

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RNA_1

Solving the Mystery That Connects MicroRNA and Proteins in the Pancreas

September 25, 2015
By Allison Mills

MicroRNA are small but may have a much bigger impact on diabetes than previously thought. Michigan Tech researchers are sorting out how one particular strand affects alpha and beta cells in the pancreas.

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A new catalyst that improves the sensitivity of the standard PSA test more than 100-fold, pictured above, is made of palladium nanocubes coated with iridium.

New Catalyst Yields More Accurate PSA Test

September 16, 2015
By Marcia Goodrich

A research team led by Michigan Tech chemist Xiaohu Xia has developed a catalyst that improves the sensitivity of the standard PSA test over 100-fold.

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An emerald ash borer.

Bug vs. Bug: Wasps May Be Battling Ash-Killing Beetles

September 15, 2015
By Marcia Goodrich

Wasps that Michigan Tech scientist Andrew Storer introduced to the woods are parasitizing emerald ash borer eggs

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Open Source Printing Class

Making a Difference with Open Source Science Equipment

September 10, 2015
By Allison Mills

Science can be expensive. But making customized scientific equipment doesn’t have to be. Researchers at Michigan Technological University have compiled economic data on the effectiveness of open source hardware in the laboratory—and the process looks promising.

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Hydrogen Yun Hang Hu

Making Hydrogen Fuel from Water and Visible Light Highly Efficient

August 19, 2015
By Allison Mills

Mimicking photosynthesis is not easy. The bottleneck of artificial photosynthesis is visible light, since converting it into other energy is not efficient. Researchers at Michigan Technological University have found a way to solve this issue, leading to an efficient technique to produce hydrogen fuel.

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