Michigan Tech News


A smart home can be controlled remotely, inviting hacking.

Hackers Could Make Smart Homes Stupid--or Worse

January 6, 2015
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech engineer works to prevent hackers from wreaking havoc with the smart home of the future.

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Cutaway of a computer-modeled conformable natural gas tank under development by REL Inc.

Michigan Tech, Calumet Firm Receive $2.1 Million from Southwestern Energy Company

December 12, 2014
By Danny Messinger

Michigan Tech, REL, Inc. and Southwestern Energy Company partner to build a better natural gas tank for light trucks.

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C.K. Choi, left, and PhD candidate Shuo Wang    examine flow fields in a micro-channel, using the Nikon TI series inverted microscope.

Seeing is Believing

December 4, 2014
By Suzanne Van Dam

C.K. Choi's research is helping scientists and engineers see small things clearly. Very small things, at the nano-microscale.

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The cover of Joshua Pearce's new book.

Bacterial Slime: It's what's for Dinner (After a Catastrophic Crop Failure)

November 19, 2014
By Danny Messinger

Joshua Pearce's new book explores how to feed the world despite any disaster. 

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A hummingbird made the fatal mistake of trying to get to the brightly colored plant behind a glass window.

Students Researching How to Prevent Bird-Window Collisions

November 3, 2014
By Monica Lester

Students, faculty and staff work to understand and prevent bird-window collisions. 

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Doing Research in a War Zone

October 28, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

A Michigan Tech biomedical engineer learns firsthand what everyday life in Israel is like during the escalation of violence.

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Eyes in the sky are just one way to find problems prior to catastrophe.

Stabilizing Geotechnical Assets: New Research Aims to Identify Potential Highway, Railroad Problems

October 21, 2014
By Kevin Hodur

New technology isn't just making road and rail maintenance easier; it's also helping to identify problems before they become emergencies,. 

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The ultra-portable solar-powered RepRap (Fold-a-Rap) in summer.   Photo: Debbie King.

Unplugged: 3D Printing Goes Solar

October 10, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Solar-powered 3D printers could make 3D printing possible off the grid.

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A co-located biorefinery and hardwood panel manufacturing plant.   Reprinted with permission from ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. Copyright 2014. American Chemical Society.

First Commercial Quantities of EPA-Approved Cellulosic Ethanol Sold--With a Little Help from Michigan Tech

October 3, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech scientists and engineers lend their expertise to a company that went on to manufacture and sell the first commercial quantities of EPA-approved cellulosic ethanol. 

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This color-enhanced image reveals how the structure of zinc-antimonide changes as lithium ions enter the anode. Anmin Nie image

Stressed Out: Research Sheds New Light on Why Rechargeable Batteries Fail

October 1, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Lithium ions cause plenty of  stress at the atomic level as they blaze a trail though anodes.

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