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Speaker Award

Carbon Nanotube Speakers Play Music With Heat

July 24, 2015
By Allison Mills

Two Michigan Tech graduate students are tweaking the sound on some hot speakers--and they won an award for their work on carbon nanotube speakers, which make sound using heat.

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Senior Design Team members Kyle Myszka and Annie LeSage present their team's winning poster at the 2015 Design Expo.

Swapping Copper for Aluminum: Senior Design Study Could Help Automakers Lighten the Load

July 17, 2015
By Marcia Goodrich

Materials Science and Engineering Students' Corrosion Experiments Earn Top Honors in Design Expo.

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Metamaterials Durdu Guney

Bringing Back the Magic in Metamaterials

July 16, 2015
By Allison Mills

Durdu Guney and his engineering team have found a solution to a major challenge in creating a "perfect lens." Their optical research delves into the light-bending world of metamaterials.

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App Butler Stream

Adapting to Climate Change in the Central Appalachians

July 14, 2015
By Allison Mills

In applying climate change science, it is easy for land managers to miss the forest for the trees. Researchers at Michigan Tech are working to better support forest managers attempting to adapt to climate change in the Central Appalachians. 

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YIP Mahmoudian

Nina Mahmoudian Receives a Young Investigator Program Award from Office of Naval Research

June 15, 2015
By Allison Mills

Only 36 faculty across the US were invited to join the Office of Naval Research's Young Investigator Program (YIP)  this year. Nina Mahmoudian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics at Michigan Technological University, is one of the select few. 

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PIRE Meeting

Bioenergy Across the Americas

June 8, 2015
By Allison Mills

Researchers across the Americas look to forests for power, transportation fuel and heat. More than 80 of those researchers from Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and the US met at Michigan Technological University to discuss bioenergy.

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Fruit Fly Lab

Fruit Fly Genetics Reveal Pesticide Resistance and Insight Into Cancer

June 5, 2015
By Allison Mills

For being so small, fruit flies have had a large impact on genetic research. Thomas Werner, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, has bridged the miniscule and the massive in an effort to better understand the mechanisms behind several unique features of fruit fly genes.

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Geodynamo Drilling

Clues to the Earth’s Ancient Core

June 3, 2015
By Allison Mills

Old rocks hold on to their secrets. Now, a geophysicist at Michigan Technological University has unlocked clues trapped in the magnetic signatures of mineral grains in those rocks. These clues will help clear up the murky history of the Earth’s early core. 

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Water Rio Grande Drought

Working Together to Build Drought Resiliency

May 29, 2015
By Allison Mills

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.

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Batteries Tin Oxide

Turn That Defect Upside Down: Twin Boundaries in Lithium-Ion Batteries

May 21, 2015
By Allison Mills

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.

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