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Tapping into Mine Water for Geothermal Energy

April 2, 2015
By Allison Mills

Millions of miles of tunnels criss-cross the ground under old mining communities across the United States. Abandoned, falling apart and choked with water, the tunnels are often viewed as a dangerous legacy. But the water in these mines could actually be a major geothermal resource.

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Birds Flying High Over the Great Lakes Have a New Strategic Plan

March 19, 2015
By Allison Mills

Amber Roth, a research assistant professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Tech, is partnering with researchers and conservationists to protect migratory birds around the Great Lakes. 

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A Call to Change Recycling Standards as 3-D Printing Expands

March 13, 2015
By Allison Mills

The 3-D printing revolution has changed the way we think about plastics. Everything from children’s toys to office supplies to high-value laboratory equipment can be printed. The potential savings of producing goods at the household- and lab-scale is remarkable, especially when producers use old prints and recycle them.

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Caryn Heldt Receives CAREER Award for Her Virus Removal Work

March 11, 2015
By Allison Mills

With a new CAREER Award, Caryn Heldt will be able to focus more on the chemistry of virus surfaces to help develop better removal techniques for purifying water and vaccines.

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge Winners: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lapland University of Applied Sciences and North Dakota State University

March 9, 2015
By Allison Mills

Continuing with a year of firsts, the winning teams of the Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2015 showcase rookies, first-time champions and a new category.

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Mapping the Great Lakes' Wetlands

March 6, 2015
By Allison Mills

Fluorescent bands of color outline the Great Lakes on a new, comprehensive map of the region’s coastal wetlands. This publicly available map is the first of its kind on such a broad scale — and the only one to trump political boundaries. Both Canadian and US wetlands are shown along more than 10,000 miles of shoreline.

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge Sets New Record for Endurance Run

March 4, 2015
By Allison Mills

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is no drive around the park. The week's most difficult event, the endurance run of nearly 100 miles, pushes the sleds' performance. This year a record-setting 11 teams completed the course.

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New Insight into Carbon Emissions from Big Carbon Sinks in Peat Bogs

February 27, 2015
By Allison Mills

Flooding and drought affect carbon emissions in peat bogs -- and so does vegetation. Michigan Tech researchers are teasing out how water levels and plant communities interact in a unique mesocosm experiment conducted by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

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The Better to See You With: Prosthetic Leg Would Keep an Eye on the Path Ahead

February 26, 2015
By Marcia Goodrich

Engineering researcher's prosthetic ankle could see where it's going. 

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge Starts Next Week

February 25, 2015
By Allison Mills

The snow is thick, and the test course is set. Soon more than 20 teams of snowmobiling students will flock northward for the 16th annual SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

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