• Good vibrations: Michigan Shake project measures crowd response during U-M home football games

    ANN ARBOR—While the University of Michigan football team was trouncing Nebraska on Sept. 22 at the Big House, a small digital seismometer inside a Michigan Stadium storage closet recorded all the ground shaking generated by the sellout crowd of 111,037.

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  • U-M tool measures ‘iffy’ news on social media in time for 2018 election

    ANN ARBOR—As the crucial mid-term election approaches, the University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility offers media and the public a tool to help monitor the prevalence of fake news on social media through a Platform Health Metric called the Iffy Quotient. A web-based dashboard that shows the Iffy Quotient for Facebook and Twitter, Read more

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  • Shedding new light on photosynthesis

    ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers have developed a powerful microscope that can map how light energy migrates in photosynthetic bacteria on timescales of one-quadrillionth of a second. The microscope could help researchers develop more efficient organic photovoltaic materials, a type of solar cell that could provide cheaper energy than silicon-based solar cells. In photosynthetic plants Read more

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  • Antisocial behaviors in children linked to parenting

    ANN ARBOR—Less parental warmth and more harshness in the home environment affect how aggressive children become and whether they lack empathy and a moral compass, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University studied 227 pairs of identical twins. They analyzed small differences in the Read more

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  • Cook Family Foundation helps hundreds of Shiawassee students attend U-M, other colleges

    After nearly 40 years of giving support and scholarships, the Cook family has made it possible for hundreds of students from rural Shiawassee County to attend the University of Michigan and other state colleges. It’s an accomplishment many of the teens-turned-Cook-Scholars doubted would ever come or never saw for themselves. “People grow up in outstate Read more

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  • Hurricane Michael: U-M experts can discuss

    EXPERTS ADVISORY Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall over the Florida Panhandle tomorrow, with wind speeds of at least 111 miles per hour. In addition to destructive winds, torrential rains and perhaps 12 feet of storm surge are expected. University of Michigan experts can comment. Perry Samson, professor of climate and space sciences and Read more

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  • U-M hits new record with 21 startups in FY2018

    ANN ARBOR—The number of startups launched at the University of Michigan nearly doubled in fiscal year 2018 to 21 as U-M inventors went to market with a broad array of discoveries from autonomous shuttles to a post-surgery warning system that alerts doctors to patient distress well ahead of traditional methods. U-M researchers reported a 10-percent Read more

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  • Thinking outside the box: Adults with ADHD not constrained in creativity

    ANN ARBOR—People often believe those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder face challenges that could hinder future employment, but a University of Michigan study found that adults with ADHD feel empowered doing creative tasks that could help them on the job. The tendency of individuals with ADHD—a mental disorder commonly diagnosed at childhood—to resist conformity and Read more

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  • Lung cancer will remain major health issue, despite falling rates

    ANN ARBOR—Smoking-related lung cancer rates are expected to drop dramatically over the next 50 years, but lung cancer will continue to be a significant health problem in the United States, says a University of Michigan researcher. Under the most optimistic scenario, rates could drop by 81 percent, while under the most pessimistic scenario, rates would Read more

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