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2014 Pine Mountain Music Festival

July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents, I hope you’re all having a great week! The weather’s been chilly here this week, with temperatures steady in the 50s and 60s. Some have even had to turn the heat on . . . in the middle of July!  Although this is not surprising for UP weather, I hope it’s been warmer [...]

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When Michigan Tech�s Joshua Pearce developed fair trade standards for 3D printer filament, he had two goals: improving the lives of waste pickers and making waste plastic so valuable that scenes like this would be a thing of the past. Thinkstock photo

Ethical Filament: Can Fair Trade Plastic Save People and the Planet?

September 30, 2014

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. Now it’s time add another star to the 3D printing constellation. It may help lift some of the world’s most destitute people from poverty while cleaning up a major blight on the earth and its oceans: plastic trash.

At the center of the movement is a new set of standards inspired by fair trade products ranging from diamonds to chocolate.

“We are creating a new class of material called ethical 3D printing filament, . . .

Better than Perfect: Defects in Materials Could be Key to Better Batteries

September 30, 2014

Michigan Technological University researcher Reza Shahbazian-Yassar has discovered that perfection may not be all it’s cracked up to be, at least when it comes to designing materials for the next generation of lithium ion batteries.

Shahbazian-Yassar investigates exotic new battery materials, which offer exotic new problems along with exciting possibilities. He hopes to turn one of those problems into an asset, with help from a $446,000 grant from the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation.

“Using new, high-performance materials to design electrodes has been a challenge,” says Shahbazian-Yassar, the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Associate Professor in Nanotechnology. “Usually, . . .