Michigan Technological University

Preventing floods and erosion

California is on fire—again. About 130,000 acres have been scorched in more than 20 major fires actively burning in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But the flames are not ...

dateAug 19, 2015 in Environment
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Making a better nitrate test kit

The dull black plastic of the device on Joshua Pearce's desk belies its usefulness. Pearce picks up the box, which has a switch on the side and a small opening on top. A handful of vials sit in a bag nearby, and each would ...

dateAug 06, 2015 in Engineering
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Connecting people and geology on volcanoes

In October 2011, heavy rainfall poured down the sides of El Salvador's San Vicente Volcano, nearly four feet of water in 12 days. Coffee plantation employees, working high up on the volcano's slope began noticing surface ...

dateJul 31, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Carbon nanotube speakers play music with heat

Troy Bouman reaches over, presses play, and the loudspeaker sitting on the desk starts playing the university fight song. But this is no ordinary loudspeaker. This is a carbon nanotube transducer—and it makes sound with ...

dateJul 28, 2015 in Nanomaterials
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Bringing back the magic in metamaterials

A single drop of blood is teeming with microorganisms—imagine if we could see them, and even nanometer-sized viruses, with the naked eye. That's a real possibility with what scientists call a "perfect lens." The lens hasn't ...

dateJul 17, 2015 in Optics & Photonics
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Clues to the Earth's ancient core

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 ...

dateJun 04, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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