The Michigan Tech women's basketball team moved up one spot to No. 17 in this week's edition of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced by the national office. The Huskies have been ranked as high as 10th this season and held the number 18 ranking in last week's poll.
Michigan Tech secured two important Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victories last week, defeating Davenport 82-54 in Sault Ste. Marie Thursday before sweeping the regular season series against rival Northern Michigan 61-54 at home Sunday. The two wins improved the Huskies' overall record to 16-3 and 10-2 in the conference heading into this week.
The official WBCA press release can be viewed by clicking here.
Breaking Rocks, Making Water: The Secret Formula for a Trip to Mars?
Michigan Tech researchers have been awarded a grant to study ways to extract water from gypsum rock on Mars, bringing a human trip to the red planet closer to reality.
Jeffrey Allen (MEEM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $200,000 first-year funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Paul van Susante (MEEM), Ezequiel Medici and Timothy Eisele (ChE) are co-principal investigators on the project, “Low Mass, Low Power, Non-Mechanical Excavation of Gypsum and Other Evaporites and Water Production on Mars.”
NASA awards Early Stage Innovation grants to help scientists do fundamental, preliminary research to test ideas and advance new technologies. This two-and-a-half-year project, funded for a total of $500,000, will investigate whether robots sent to Mars can use powerful jets of water to excavate gypsum, blast the rocks to disintegrate them, and heat the gypsum particles to release the water bound within mineral’s crystal structure. This could be a way to expeditiously make more water and oxygen for human consumption and to make rocket fuel on Mars.
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