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For the Birds

Sometimes you're the window, sometimes you're the bird. A student-designed prototype
      of an affordable collision-detection sensor aims to make the two meet less often.

That bone-cracking thud isn't easily forgotten. Nor are bird-window collisions easily prevented. A team of faculty and students is using science, engineering and art to . . . Read More

From This Small and Drifting Planet

Milky Way over Deadvlei in Namibia. What planet is this? It is the only planet currently
      known to have trees. The trees in Deadvlei, though, have been dead for over 500 years.
      Located in Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia (Earth), saplings grew after rainfall caused
      a local river to overflow, but died after sand dunes shifted to section off the river.
      High above and far in the distance, the band of our Milky Way Galaxy forms an arch
      over a large stalk in this well-timed

NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars this Monday. To honor explorers (and robots) going boldly where no one has gone before, we share favorite 2018 Astronomy. . . Read More

Be Brief: Control

Dozens of valves and regulators support a constant volume combustion vessel in Michigan
      Technological University’s Advanced Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory in the
      Advanced Energy Research Building (AERB).

It takes all this (and more) to regulate a 1.1 liter optically accessible constant volume combustion chamber (CVCC). . . . Read More

Be Brief: Relics

Bones, teeth, skulls, vertebral columns and more–relics are clues to mammal health
      on Isle Royale.

Not spooky or scary but incredibly informative. Skeletal remains have been collected annually—for more than four decades—by Michigan Technological University. . . Read More