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€1 Million Prize for Plastics-to-Protein Research Awarded to Steve Techtmann, Ting Lu

Steve Techtmann has won the 2021 Future Insight Prize — awarded to innovative research in health, nutrition and energy — for his food generator concept.
13-Jul-2021 12:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Wolf Pups Born on Isle Royale, Moose Poised for Decline

Michigan Tech researchers return to the island to discover new insights about the wolves and moose of Isle Royale.
12-Jul-2021 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Spaghetti, Windowsill, and LEGO: On-the-Fly Composites Modeling

Just as modeling is a close estimate of real-world processes, so too are verbal explanations of such nuanced arithmetic. Trisha Sain from Michigan Tech explores multiscale physics by thinking about the Lego bricks in her living room, the windows of...
30-Jun-2021 10:10 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Driving in the Snow is a Team Effort for AI Sensors

Nobody likes driving in a blizzard, including autonomous vehicles. To make self-driving cars safer on snowy roads, Michigan Tech engineers look at the problem from the car’s point of view--its sensors.
27-May-2021 4:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Backyard chickens, rabbits, soybeans can meet household protein demand

In 2020, stores sold out of garden seed, coops and rabbit cages. Meat shortages led many to wonder what to eat for protein when supply chains are disrupted and some people turned to gathering eggs, raising animals and growing their own food. A team...
12-May-2021 3:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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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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