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A Weekend of Music

August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents, I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! This week has been nice and sunny, and many students have been taking advantage of it by spending time outside and enjoying Houghton and Hancock. As the summer flies by, the academic year nears—and with that comes updates for the upcoming school year. Here are [...]

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Alumni and their families enjoy a nature walk during Alumni Reunion 2013. Sarah Bird photo

Pasties, Hollywood and Outdoor Fun: Alumni Reunion 2014

July 29, 2014

Was the perfect storm really perfect? And what’s with all those new-fangled classroom do-dads? Visitors at Michigan Technological University’s 2014 Alumni Reunion can learn the answers to these very different questions at two intriguing Tech Talks. One looks at the latest classroom technology, the other takes a scientific look at two Hollywood blockbusters.

Both talks are free and open to the public. Lots more fun and interesting campus events are planned for Alumni Reunion, Aug. 7-9. You can also canoe, bike or hike in the great outdoors and explore the Keweenaw Waterway in the University’s research vessel, the Agassiz.

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Just as kinetic energy can move through pendulums, scientists have shown that light energy can be transferred from one waveguide to another by applying the mysterious concept of supersymmetry. Thinkstock image

A Little Light Magic

July 29, 2014

One of the mysteries of particle physics is supersymmetry, a brain-cramping theory that assumes every particle in the universe has a corresponding superpartner.

No one really knows if supersymmetry is real or not, yet the concept is so elegant that many eminent scientists believe it must be true and use it to solve complicated problems in quantum physics. Now a team of researchers, including a physicist at Michigan Technological University, has successfully applied supersymmetry concepts in the more down-to-earth field of optics. Their discovery could lead to solutions in applications as varied as lasers and high-speed data transmission.

“The equations for . . .