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9:36 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Group hopes to save copper slab at Presque Isle Park

The 28.2-ton slab is lowered onto its site at Presque Isle Park
Credit superiorwatersheds.org

MARQUETTE, MI--   A group of volunteers is trying to save the world’s largest contiguous piece of glacial copper from being melted down.  

June Rydholm is the widow of U.P. historian Fred Rydholm, who spearheaded the effort to save the 28.2-ton slab found in Calumet.

“Most of our float copper we hold in our hand, you know, they’re small pieces,” she says.  “And this had broken off in the glacier as it moved many hundreds of years ago—maybe thousands of years ago.”   

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Science
9:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Ancient caribou route found under Lake Huron

The ancient caribou 'drive lane' recently found by scientists.
Credit archeolog-home.com

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Scientists say they've found evidence of prehistoric caribou hunts on the floor of Lake Huron that illustrates the sophistication of ancient peoples whose survival depended on

understanding the habits of their prey.

An article released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes what underwater archaeologists say was a "drive lane" where earlier civilizations targeted caribou 9,000 years ago.

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Science
10:22 am
Mon October 14, 2013

MTU creates apps for scientific data gathering

Cyber Citizens also offers EthnoApp for anthropologists and archaeologists.
Credit www.mtu.edu

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Faculty and students at Michigan Technological University are developing smartphone applications to bridge the gap between scientists and the public. 

The Houghton school says the project is called Cyber Citizens and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Michigan Tech says the goal "is building smartphone applications and websites to help citizens and scientists acquire environmental information."

Professors Alex Mayer and Robert Pastel are heading the project that involves graduate students and undergraduates as well.

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