• Mcity Driverless Shuttle launches on U-M’s North Campus

    ANN ARBOR—The Mcity Driverless Shuttle, a research project at the University of Michigan, launched today on U-M’s North Campus. In the project, Mcity is studying how passengers react to the driverless shuttles as a way to gauge consumer acceptance of the technology. The shuttles are equipped with onboard cameras and Wi-Fi communications to capture data Read more

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  • Carlson’s Fishery: U-M alum behind 5th-generation business

    LELAND, Mich.—As an undergraduate student doing research at the University of Michigan Biological Station, Nels Carlson was fascinated by what he learned from the aquatic invertebrates he caught, the water samples he collected and the data he analyzed. The waters and what lives in them were something Carlson studied informally his whole life. It’s a Read more

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  • New way to detect young gas giants

    ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers have developed a new technique of observing and discovering very young, very large planets. Catching young planets in the act of formation is important for understanding how planets form and how they build their atmospheres. U-M astronomer Richard Teague’s new method involves imaging very small changes in the speed of Read more

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  • State opioid monitoring programs: Not all created equal

    ANN ARBOR—States that have struggled with opioid abuse might want to take a look at prescription drug monitoring programs in Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee and New York—states that have significantly reduced opioid dosages, according to a new University of Michigan study. While most states currently have prescription drug monitoring programs, not all are created equal, Read more

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  • House of straw: A new face of sustainability on campus

    ANN ARBOR—Three students are working with a set of donated DeWalt tools. They are siting and squaring the foundation for a building, and they’re trying to figure out how the devices work. Soon, the young men have a rectangular outline marked off using twine and stakes. They watch their instructor, Joe Trumpey, an associate professor Read more

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  • U-M Graham Institute grants target sustainability challenges in Puerto Rico, Michigan

    ANN ARBOR—The Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan has awarded more than $200,000 to support three sustainability-related research projects in Puerto Rico and Michigan. The projects vary in scale and address a range of sustainability issues, including energy and food system resilience in Puerto Rico, stormwater management on tribal lands in Michigan, and Read more

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  • Bloom season begins in U-M’s historic Nichols Arboretum peony garden

    ANN ARBOR—This week, the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum peony garden begins its annual transformation from green shoots to waves of white, pink and red as it bursts into nearly 10,000 blooms. A favorite nature hideaway for U-M students and staff and for local residents, the arboretum is also home to the largest collection of Read more

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  • Redistribution of wealth could boost consumption rate

    ANN ARBOR—Want to boost the consumption rate in the United States? Transfer wealth from the top 20 percent of earners to the bottom 80 percent, according to a University of Michigan study. The study is the first to consider the interplay between consumption, income inequality and wealth inequality, and found that such a transfer could Read more

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  • Spirituality helps Latino teens exposed to neighborhood violence

    ANN ARBOR—For Latinos, believing in a spiritual power and finding comfort in religion may buffer the negative psychological effects of neighborhood violence, according to new University of Michigan research. The results showed that witnessing and/or being a victim of neighborhood violence were linked to symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, these associations were Read more

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