Category Archives: Technology

Researchers have launched a ten-year project to keep invasives out of the Great Lakes

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Researchers are currently working to develop new technology to let certain fish through a dam – and capture invasive species.

The ten-year project has just begun with researchers brainstorming new ideas for a fish passage system. Continue reading

Flint awarded $12.8 million to replace buses

PUBLIC BUS$12.8 million was awarded to Flint to replace some of the city buses.

Edgar Benning is the General Manager CEO of the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint.

“We are replacing vehicles that are over 20 years old, that have been refurbished and rehabbed to keep them on the road and so we’re replacing vehicles that operated on diesel with compressed natural gas transit coaches.”

Benning says the grant will allow for 23 transit coaches to be replaced.

He says the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint is moving to a 100 percent alternative fuel fleet, and this grant brings them a step closer to that goal.

One of the most extensive fishery surveys in the Great Lakes region is currently underway

10e2078f0f45da21f10ead596d5ca441Three vessels are sailing Lake Michigan using sonar technology to survey prey fish.

The objective of the survey is threefold; to forecast whether fish numbers are growing or shrinking, to understand how predator fish numbers may be effected, and to prepare fishing markets for potential changes in fish populations. Continue reading

New product could help fight invasive mussels

DSC_0697Zebra and Quagga mussels have wreaked havoc on the Great Lakes ecosystem by almost completely removing the tiniest plants and animals that are essential to the food chain.

Now researchers will test a new product that could hold the key to taking the ecosystem back.

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‘On The Map’ visits FSU students to learn about transitions in technology

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Our latest “On The Map” series brings us around the state to learn about transitions involving people, animals, and technology.

It’s no secret that Pokemon Go has taken over the app market.

“I wish I would have bought Nintendo stock about a week and a half ago because it has gone up about 60 percent which I think I saw it as a 15 billion dollar increase in their stock in one week.”

That’s David Baker. He’s the Program Coordinator of the Digital Animation and Game Design Program at Ferris State University. Continue reading

‘Purple mats’ may be the key to increase in oxygen 2.4 billion years ago

Sinkhole_Hoyt_May 30 -31_2012__126 (2)Sinkholes in Lake Huron could hold clues to the oxygenation of Earth 35 hundred million years ago.

That’s because the sinkholes are home to purple mats – microbial organisms that are distant cousins of some of the first life on Earth.

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