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L. Brad King's prototype of a ferrofluid ion thruster. When subjected to voltage, the points of the crown arise from a ring-shaped trench circling a one-inch block of aluminum. Sarah Bird image

From Cancer Treatment to Ion Thruster: The Newest Little Idea for Nanosat Micro Rockets

August 27, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Brad King’s self-assembling electrospray thruster uses magnets that transform a very unusual fluid into a tiny engine for moving nanosatellites into orbit.

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Field emission scanning electron microscopy image of tar balls with an aggregation of soot particles from the Las Conchas fire. Swarup China image

New Insights on Wildfire Smoke Could Improve Climate Change Models

August 27, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Two types of particles---soot and tar balls--exhibit many different properties

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Scientists from Michigan Tech and universities around the country are working together on a sustainable plan for managing Florida's water resources.

Many Viewpoints, One Problem: Managing Water Resources Responsibly

August 26, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech partners with 10 other universities to study water resources and stakeholders involved in making decisions of their use and management.

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David Flaspohler, professor in Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science,visits a eucalyptus plantation in Argentina.

Michigan Tech Helps Develop Sustainable Bioenergy Across the Americas

August 21, 2013
By Travis Gendron

Michigan Tech takes the lead in Pan American biofuel and bioenergy research network. 

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A field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) image of 3D honeycomb-structured graphene. The novel material can replace platinum in dye-sensitized solar cells with virtually no loss of generating capacity. Hui Wang image

3D Graphene: Solar Power's Next Platinum?

August 20, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

A unique form of carbon could lower the cost of dye-sensitized solar cells

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Brian Page conducts Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship research with his autonomous underwater glider.

SURFing for the Summer

August 14, 2013
By Travis Gendron

Summer is a time for hard work and scientific exploration for students in Michigan Tech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

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A streetcar travels a snowy Shelden Ave. in downtown Houghton. <br><br> Photos reprinted with permission from Copper Country Streetcars by William J. Sproule. Book available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665

Professor Takes a Journey on Streetcars Past

August 9, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Bill Sproule, a professor in civil and environmental engineering, has written an historical book about local streetcars.

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physical therapy patient

Getting Physical Therapy Patients Moving

July 30, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Researcher Philart Jeon and his graduate students are studying why physical therapy patients don't exercise on their own, and they may have some solutions.

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Some of the 20 things Joshua Pearce's group made for pennies on the dollar using 3D printers.

Make It Yourself and Save—a Lot—with 3D Printers

July 29, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

The numbers are in: most people can make much more for lots less using 3D printing.

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Above, the in nanobattery setup inside AC-STEM. Below, atomic resolution imaging of the front line of lithium ions entering a SnO2 nanowire. The images show the parallel Li-ion channels and the formation of dislocations at the tip of the channels.

Scientists Spy on Lithium Ions

July 5, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar has developed a device to eavesdrop on individual lithium ions—and potentially develop the next generation of batteries.

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