Coral reef

Study finds marine protected areas help coral reefs

Reports in recent years that marine protected areas (MPAs) aren’t effective in saving coral reefs from the damaging effects of global climate change have led some to argue that such expensive interventions are futile. But a study that spanned 700 kilometers of the eastern Caribbean reveals that MPAs can, indeed, help coral reefs. Robert Steneck, […]

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Nanocellulose materials

Tajvidi awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation CNF floor, wall products

Mehdi Tajvidi knows that big things can come in small packages. He works with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) — the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. The University of Maine assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials describes CNF as magical. The renewable biodegradable material has superior properties, he […]

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Mechanical engineering technology students to present capstones May 2

A total of 38 University of Maine students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Program will present nine senior capstone design projects on Maine Day. From 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. May 2, students will showcase their final projects in Bennett Hall, Room 137, unless otherwise noted. Scheduled presentations: 9:30–10 a.m. “Scaled tower crane.” Students are creating […]

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Northeastern States Research Cooperative report reflects 16 years of northern forest research

The Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) has released its comprehensive report on 16 years of scientific contributions to northern forest research. NSRC state directors are Aaron Weiskittel, University of Maine; William “Breck” Bowden, University of Vermont; William McDowell, University of New Hampshire; and David Newman, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and […]

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Thwaites Glacier

Campbell, Hall part of massive UK-US examination of Antarctic glacier

The Thwaites Glacier in remote West Antarctica is losing 50 billion tons of ice a year and polar scientists say it could collapse within decades. The resulting rapid sea-level rise would increase vulnerability for 40 percent of the world’s population — approximately 3 billion people — living within 60 miles of the coast. So reducing […]

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Mechanical Engineering Capstone Open House May 2

Mechanical engineering students at the University of Maine will showcase their senior capstone projects May 2. The Mechanical Engineering Capstone Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Crosby Hall. Members of the UMaine community are welcome to learn more about the projects and enjoy a cookout. Projects to be displayed […]

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Rural community road

Opinions of Maine youth central to project aimed at helping rural communities thrive

Helping rural communities retain and attract young residents is the goal of a three-year study being led by the University of Maine. The project seeks to understand the goals and aspirations of middle- and high-school students in traditionally forest-dependent communities in Maine and Oregon. Researchers will look at economic restructuring, community characteristics, and young people’s […]

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Follow a researcher

Students invited to Follow a Researcher on the coast of Maine

What do green crabs, ducks and crab traps have in common? How do scientists make sure data they collect are accurate? What is an invasive species and how can it be identified? This spring, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H invites K–12 students from Maine and beyond to explore the science of tracking invasive species […]

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LAAST grant

LASST project receives $2.5 million from DOE to improve technology in power plants

A University of Maine research project focused on improving sensor technologies in coal-based power plants has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) through the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. The UMaine project, “Technology Maturation of Wireless Harsh-Environment Sensors for Improved Condition-Based Monitoring,” led by Mauricio Pereira da […]

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Undergraduate, graduate students receive awards at 2018 Student Symposium

More than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students presented their work during the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on April 17. The free public event, which was organized by UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) as part of Maine Impact Week, […]

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