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What early-budding trees tell us about genetics, climate change

Late frosts caused millions of dollars in losses for orchards. Scientists at Michigan Technological University investigate the genes that tell trees when to bud out and blossom, which enables scientists to modify or select crop varieties more...
22-Mar-2021 3:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Catching Electrons in Action in an Antiferromagnetic Nanowire

The electron is one of the fundamental particles in nature we read about in school. Its behavior holds clues to new ways to store digital data. A new study explores alternative materials to improve capacity and shrink the size of digital data...
16-Mar-2021 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Not so fast, supernova: highest-energy cosmic rays detected in star clusters

The highest-energy cosmic rays come from subatomic interactions within star clusters, not supernovae, say Michigan Tech physicists and collaborators. For decades, researchers assumed cosmic rays are flung into space from supernova. But new research...
10-Mar-2021 2:10 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Mothers rebuild: Solutions to overcome COVID-19 challenges in academia

Over the summer and fall, paper after paper revealed that mothers are one of the demographics hardest hit by the pandemic. However, none brought solutions to the forefront of the conversation, so 13 researchers—all moms themselves—penned a...
9-Mar-2021 3:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Geological engineers create landslide atlas of Kerala, India

The Landslide Atlas of Kerala sets a new standard for determining risk in a landslide-prone region and will help the residents and policymakers of the state make decisions to better mitigate life-threatening disasters.
9-Mar-2021 11:45 AM EST Add to Favorites

Cooperative eco-driving automation improves energy efficiency and safety

Connected, automated vehicles promise to save energy and improve safety. Michigan Tech engineers propose a modeling framework for cooperative driving. Simulation results show that the cooperative automated eco-driving algorithm saves energy — 7%...
2-Mar-2021 3:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Solar awnings over parking lots help companies and customers

Michigan Tech engineers look into the untapped potential of parking lots in a study that investigates the energy-related benefits of developing charging stations powered with solar canopies built into the parking infrastructure of large-scale...
10-Feb-2021 10:55 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Shining a light on the true value of solar power

For years some utility companies have worried that solar panels drive up electric costs for the people who don’t have panels. Michigan Tech renewable energy researchers has shown the opposite is actually true — grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV)...
8-Feb-2021 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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