Drought in the southwest has left only a trickle running through irrigation ditches on farms outside El Paso, Texas. The Rio Grande — called Rio Bravo in Mexico — is what supplies that trickle, struggling to meet water demands in three US states and five in Mexico. As drought continues, and demand grows, researchers like Alex Mayer from Michigan Technological University are looking to new models to improve the region’s drought resiliency.
Most people see defects as flaws. Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries — which are small, symmetrical defects in materials — may present an opportunity to improve lithium-ion batteries. The twin boundary defects act as energy highways and could help get better performance out of the batteries.
Amy Marcarelli, an associate professor in Michigan Technological University's department of biological sciences, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study study nitrogen fixation/denitrification in streams and rivers throughout the US.
The watery world under winter’s ice is a mystery. It’s also a world full of sound. Now, as the days lengthen and the ice is retreating, researchers at Michigan Technological University mark their first winter season of underwater acoustic studies.
Only three wolves seem to remain in Isle Royale National Park. Researchers from Michigan Technological University observed the wolves during their annual Winter Study, and the lone group, at an unprecedented low, is a sharp decline from nine wolves observed last winter.
Researchers from Michigan Tech and Rockford University have caught the same Golden-winged Warbler, the first time this has happened for the species. The warblers are proposed for listing as an endangered species and show the importance for of migratory routes for feathered travelers.