9:59 am
Fri September 19, 2014

They studied what?

BOSTON, MA (AP)--   Scientists who found that sticking cured pork up your nose can stop an uncontrollable nosebleed and owning a cat can be hazardous to your mental health are among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel prize.   

The annual awards for sometimes silly, sometimes surprising scientific discoveries were handed out Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine.

As has become the custom, real Nobel laureates handed out the prizes, and winners were given a maximum of 60 seconds to deliver their acceptance speech.

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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

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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9:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Ancient caribou route found under Lake Huron

The ancient caribou 'drive lane' recently found by scientists.

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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10:22 am
Mon October 14, 2013

MTU creates apps for scientific data gathering

Cyber Citizens also offers EthnoApp for anthropologists and archaeologists.

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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