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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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Mo Rastgaar (left) and PhD candidate Evandro Ficanha test the new robotic ankle that can

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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Conserving for Nature's Sake or Our Own?

February 19, 2015
By Allison Mills

A persistent question arises in conservation science: Should we conserve nature only for humans or also for its own sake as well?

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Falling Faster — Researchers Confirm Super-Terminal Raindrops

February 13, 2015
By Allison Mills

Initial research found super-terminal raindrops fall faster than they should be able to alone. Now, researchers have confirmed these speedy drops.

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A researcher rappels into an ice cave in Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean off the northernmost tip of Europe.  Photo by Jason Gulley

Jason Gulley: A Temperate Man of Extreme Climes

February 3, 2015
By Suzanne Van Dam

Geology researcher Jason Gulley explores glacial caves for clues to the way environmental factors affect the movement of glaciers.  

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North American Plate Shattered Speed Records -- a Billion Years Ago

February 3, 2015
By Marcia Goodrich

More-powerful mantle may have driven the continent at twice today’s modest clip.

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GLRC and Alliance for Coastal Technologies scientists lower test instruments and a video camera under the ice in the Portage Waterway.

Michigan Tech Deploys Under-ice Research Instruments in Frozen Portage Waterway

January 12, 2015
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech scientists, engineers and partners deploy under-ice research equipment under the frozen Portage Waterway. 

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Hubble's Variable Nebula. Image: William Sparks (STScI), Sylvia Baggett (STScI) et al., & the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/ STScI/ NASA)

Flashes from Faster-than-Light Spots May Help Illuminate Astronomical Secrets

January 8, 2015
By Jennifer Donovan

Physicist Robert Nemiroff describes potential usefulness of photonic booms in studying the cosmos.

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