The Michigan Technological University, (MTU) was established in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan. MTU is noted for academic excellence in the School of Engineering and Natural and Physical Science. The School of Technology includes computer science and is rated highly by comparable universities.
New insight into carbon emissions from big carbon sinks in peat bogs
Flooding is the way of life in peat bogs. The standing water helps create an environment where mosses, sedges and shrubs flourish. As each year passes, a thick new layer of vegetation buries the old. Layer ...
Conserving for nature's sake or our own?
The value of nature in conservation may seem simple, straightforward and fundamental. Yet a persistent question arises: Should we conserve nature only for humans or also for its own sake as well?
Falling faster—researchers confirm super-terminal raindrops
Five years ago, a research team at Michigan Technological University and Universidad Nacional Autanoma de Mexico (National University of Mexico) detected tiny, super-fast raindrops. The finding was unexpe ...
North american plate shattered speed records a billion years ago
North America traveled in fast company back in its youth.
Flashes from faster-than-light spots may help illuminate astronomical secrets
(Phys.org)—If you sweep a laser pointer across the Moon fast enough, you can create spots that actually move faster than light. Anyone can do it.
Hackers could make smart homes stupid—or worse
Imagine the smart home of the future. Thanks to a central controller and wi-fi, not only does the thermostat power up and warm or cool the house as you are heading home. Smart light bulbs come on low at dusk ...
Salvaging the ecosystem after salvage logging
After a forest fire burns a large swath across timberlands, logging companies often are not far behind. They come in to do what is called salvage logging—salvaging the timber that has not been completely ...
Bacterial slime may be survivalist solution to catastrophic crop failure
If it were the end of the world as we know it, we'd be fine, according to Michigan Technological University professor Joshua Pearce.
Stabilizing geotechnical assets: New research aims to identify potential highway, railroad problems
While we're able to enjoy timeless scenery as we travel in the United States, it's important to realize that the soils and rocks forming the base of these transportation systems may not forever be stable.
3D printing goes solar
3D printing guru Joshua Pearce wants nothing more than to provide the means of production to everyone, especially people in developing regions who must get by on very little. But there has been a drawback.
First commercial quantities of cellulosic ethanol from woody biomass marketed
Scientists and engineers—including several at Michigan Technological University—have been talking for years about biofuel, particularly cellulosic ethanol, which is fuel made from trees and other woody ...
Stressed out: Research sheds new light on why rechargeable batteries fail
Pity the poor lithium ion. Drawn relentlessly by its electrical charge, it surges from anode to cathode and back again, shouldering its way through an elaborate molecular obstacle course. This journey is ...
Can fair trade plastic save people and the planet?
(Phys.org) —It's old news that open-source 3D printing is cheaper than conventional manufacturing, not to mention greener and incredibly useful for making everything from lab equipment to chess pieces. ...
Blackout? Robots to the Rescue
(Phys.org) —Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search ...
The Rise and Fall of Sugar in Hawai'i
There's one sugar plantation left in Hawai'i, just a few square miles left of an industry that once dominated the island chain. Sugar's profits and high-paying jobs are long gone, as are the native forests ...