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Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
19.07.2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
ANN ARBOR-In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50 percent and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors. It's the first technique that can inexpensively grow metal nanoparticles both on and below the surface of semiconductors.
Business/Economics
19.07.2017
Feedback-seeking CEOs boost firm performance
ANN ARBOR-For chief executive officers who want to boost their company's bottom line, it pays to be humble.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
18.07.2017
When I’m sixty-four: Self-perceptions of aging
ANN ARBOR-In the 1960s, the Beatles sang about wondering whether their true love would still love them as they grew older-after they've lost their hair and are no more adventurous than wanting to knit a sweater. A group of four studies led by University of Michigan researchers has found that however the hero of the Beatles song turns out, his health-and his wife's health-may be dictated by their perceptions of their own aging.
Life Sciences - Agronomy/Food Science
18.07.2017
One amino acid, a whale of a difference
ANN ARBOR'A single amino-acid variation in a key receptor in whales may help explain why some species of cetaceans evolved sleek, muscular bodies to hunt fish and seals, while others grow to massive sizes by filter-feeding on large volumes of plankton, an international research team has found.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
17.07.2017
Harnessing light to drive chemical reactions
Harnessing light to drive chemical reactions
ANN ARBOR'An exotic interaction between light and metal can be harnessed to make chemical reactions more sustainable, but the physics behind it has been widely debated in the field.
Environment/Sustainable Development
13.07.2017
U-M, partners predict significant summer harmful algal bloom for western Lake Erie
ANN ARBOR?University of Michigan researchers and their partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful algal bloom this summer, potentially reaching levels last seen in 2013 and 2014, though smaller than the record bloom of 2015.
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
13.07.2017
Poor and minority customers lose on mortgage services from banks
ANN ARBOR'Banks give their poor and minority customers the worst deals on mortgage services, and regulations designed to increase credit access to these very consumers might be to blame, according to a University of Michigan study. New research by Amiyatosh Purnanandam, professor of finance at the Michigan Ross School of Business, and U-M alumnus Taylor Begley of Washington University in St. Louis suggests that minority customers experience inferior and possibly unfair service from retail banks on mortgage products.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
12.07.2017
More driving on city streets, less on country roads
ANN ARBOR?Despite a plethora of alternative transportation modes'buses, trains, bicycles'city dwellers are driving more miles than ever, say University of Michigan researchers.
Environment/Sustainable Development
07.07.2017
Fuel economy down last month
ANN ARBOR'Gas mileage of new vehicles in the U.S. dropped in June, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
07.07.2017
Top U.S. solar car team goes small to win big in 2017
ANN ARBOR'The sun-powered vehicle that the University of Michigan's top-ranked Solar Car Team will race in a global contest this fall is the smallest and most aerodynamic that any U-M team has ever built.
Computer Science/Telecom - Agronomy/Food Science
05.07.2017
Moms, kids and TV: A complicated relationship that’s not all bad
ANN ARBOR‘Watching television sometimes gets a bad rap'‘especially where children and screen time are concerned''but not all of it's deserved.
Psychology - Social Sciences
30.06.2017
Americans prefer to be the ’big frog in a small pond’
ANN ARBOR'Would you prefer to be a star student in a Top 100 school or a mediocre student in a more prestigious Top 10 school?
Business/Economics
30.06.2017
Consumer sentiment slips in June but still remains high
ANN ARBOR?Consumer confidence in June slipped to its lowest level since President Trump was elected, although the overall level still remains quite favorable, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The average level of the Sentiment Index during the first half of 2017 was 96.8, the best half-year average since the second half of 2000, and the partisan gap between Democrats and Republicans stood at 39 Index-points in June, nearly identical to the 38 point gap in February, according to U-M economist Richard Curtin, who directs the surveys.
Social Sciences
29.06.2017
Trump supporters believe US society is fair
ANN ARBOR?Voters who supported Donald Trump are more likely than other Americans'even other conservatives'to oppose social justice efforts, a new University of Michigan study shows. Specifically, this segment thinks the nation spends too much money promoting equality for the poor, women and minorities; agrees that disadvantaged groups have received more than they deserve economically; and believes that disadvantaged individuals' claims of discrimination are invalid.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
27.06.2017
U-M launches summer jobs program for young adults
ANN ARBOR'Forty-five young adults from across Washtenaw County will begin summer work today at the University of Michigan.
Medicine/Pharmacology
27.06.2017
More than half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mental illness
ANN ARBOR'Fifty-one percent of all opioid medications distributed in the U.S. each year are prescribed to adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. "Despite representing only 16 percent of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the United States," said Matthew Davis, lead author of the study and assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.06.2017
Study raises doubts about safety of some forms of birth control pills
ANN ARBOR'New research on how birth control pills affect the level of hormones in women's blood serum has found much higher levels of hormones in women who take birth control pills compared to women who don't.
Administration/Government - Medicine/Pharmacology
26.06.2017
U-M receives grant to study how low-cost family planning can improve women’s lives
ANN ARBOR'A University of Michigan economist will lead a grant of up to $5.9 million from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to study how reducing financial barriers to reproductive health care affects women's lives.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
21.06.2017
New $8.25M Airbus center at Michigan for next-gen, high efficiency aircraft
New $8.25M Airbus center at Michigan for next-gen, high efficiency aircraft
ANN ARBOR'Long wings could significantly improve the cruise efficiency and reduce the operating cost of long haul aircraft, and Airbus is partnering with the University of Michigan to make these advanced designs possible.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
21.06.2017
Most drivers could go electric within 10 years
ANN ARBOR?Electric and hybrid electric vehicles are in the fast lane to wider adoption, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers. The researchers analyzed the present status of electric vehicles in the U.S., their life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, and progress toward lifting barriers to broader acceptance.
Law/Forensics - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.06.2017
Doctors write fewer prescriptions after sunshine laws reveal drug company payments
ANN ARBOR?Payments by drug companies to doctors have become so common that most states have passed laws to promote transparency. Known as "sunshine" laws, they require drug companies to disclose payments to physicians. Often one of the stated goals is to pressure doctors to prescribe lower-cost generic drugs instead of name-brand when possible.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
20.06.2017
U-Michigan, partners predict third-largest Gulf of Mexico summer 'dead zone' ever
U-Michigan, partners predict third-largest Gulf of Mexico summer ’dead zone’ ever
ANN ARBOR'A University of Michigan researcher and colleagues from several institutions forecast that this summer's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone," an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life, will be approximately 8,185 square miles, or about the size of New Jersey.
Life Sciences - Sport Sciences
20.06.2017
Board game helps Mexican coffee farmers grasp complex ecological interactions
Board game helps Mexican coffee farmers grasp complex ecological interactions
ANN ARBOR'A chess-like board game developed by University of Michigan researchers helps small-scale Mexican coffee farmers better understand the complex interactions between the insects and fungi that live on their plants'and how some of those creatures can help provide natural pest control.
Business/Economics
20.06.2017
Americans continue to favor light trucks over cars
ANN ARBOR?Americans love their pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans'as long as they believe they can afford them, a new University of Michigan study confirms.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
15.06.2017
Cryo-EM images reveal how key biological machine unfolds problem proteins
Cryo-EM images reveal how key biological machine unfolds problem proteins
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Physics/Materials Science
15.06.2017
’Magic’ alloy could spur next generation of solar cells
ANN ARBORâ??In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called "concentrator photovoltaics," University of Michigan researchers have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light located on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. Easier to manufacture and at least 25 percent less costly than previous formulations, it's believed to be the world's most cost-effective material that can capture near-infrared lightâ??and is compatible with the gallium arsenide semiconductors often used in concentrator photovoltaics.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
14.06.2017
Larger-than-average summer ’dead zone’ predicted for Chesapeake Bay in 2017
ANN ARBORâ??A University of Michigan ecologist and colleagues from several institutions are forecasting a larger-than-average Chesapeake Bay "dead zone" in 2017.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
13.06.2017
Economic recovery elusive after natural disasters
Economic recovery elusive after natural disasters
ANN ARBORâ??Devastation from natural disasters large and small take lives and destroy property, and new research shows they can have lasting negative economic effects on communities.
Social Sciences
13.06.2017
Kids in violent homes often think those who get hit deserve it
ANN ARBORâ??Children who witness domestic violence may believe that people who get hit deserve the physical or verbal abuse, a new University of Michigan study found. Many children live in homes where they are exposed to their parent being hit, slapped, pushed or threatened with a gun or knife by a current or former romantic partner.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Politics
09.06.2017
Climate policy: Americans want states to pick up federal slack
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Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Medicine/Pharmacology
08.06.2017
Chemicals used to combat Zika, agricultural pests impact motor skills in infants
ANN ARBORâ??A chemical currently being used to ward off mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus and a commonly used insecticide that was threatened with a ban in the United States have been associated with reduced motor function in Chinese infants, a University of Michigan study found.
Environment/Sustainable Development
06.06.2017
Gas mileage unchanged in May
ANN ARBORâ??Fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. stayed the same last month, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
05.06.2017
Empower kids to solve community challenges and many will avoid trouble
ANN ARBORâ??An after-school program that empowers young people to be agents of change in their communities has helped 8th-grade students in one Michigan area develop more prosocial behaviors and avoid antisocial behaviors, say University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
05.06.2017
Wages get a bump, thanks to women entering the workforce
ANN ARBORâ?‘The future is femaleâ''at least in regards to employment in the science, technology, engineering and math field.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
01.06.2017
With $58M grant, U-M researchers will push research, health care forward with community’s help
ANN ARBOR'The next big idea to help people with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, depression or many other conditions could be bubbling up right now in a University of Michigan research lab.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Careers/Employment
01.06.2017
Michigan's University Research Corridor Conducts $1.2 Billion in Life, Medical and Health Science Research, Report Finds
Michigan’s University Research Corridor Conducts $1.2 Billion in Life, Medical and Health Science Research, Report Finds
Growing sector employed 533,000 Michiganders in 2015, representing one in eight jobs in the state LANSING-Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) conducted $1.2 billion in research and d
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
31.05.2017
Detroit: Community organizing helped stabilize neighborhoods after mortgage crisis
Detroit: Community organizing helped stabilize neighborhoods after mortgage crisis
ANN ARBOR?Detroit neighborhoods that survived the subprime mortgage crisis and recession had something special in common: community.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
31.05.2017
Seeing through materials with visible light
Seeing through materials with visible light
ANN ARBOR'With yogurt and crushed glass, University of Michigan researchers have taken a step toward using visible light to image inside the body. Their method for focusing light through these materials is much faster and simpler than today's dominant approach. Dense structures like bone show up clearly in x-rays, but softer tissues like organs and tumors are difficult to make out.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
31.05.2017
Virus infection may be linked to 2014 Toledo water crisis
ANN ARBOR'In August 2014, toxins from algal blooms in Lake Erie shut down the city of Toledo's water supply, leaving more than 400,000 area residents without potable water for more than two days. A new study shows that a virus may have been involved in the crisis and suggests methods for more stringent monitoring of water supplies.
Business/Economics
26.05.2017
May sentiment remains high amid partisanship
ANN ARBOR?Consumer sentiment has continued to move along the high plateau established following Donald Trump's election. The May 2017 figure was virtually unchanged from the April reading, and nearly identical with the December-to-May average of 97.3, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
24.05.2017
Scientists capture the first cryo-EM images of cellular target for Type 2 diabetes in action
ANN ARBOR?Researchers at the University of Michigan, Stanford University and biotech company ConfometRx have captured the first cryo-electron microscopy snapshots of a key cellular receptor in action. The findings, which were published online May 24 , reveal new information about workings of G protein-coupled receptors'which are intermediaries for molecular messages related to nearly every function within the human body.
Computer Science/Telecom
24.05.2017
Breakthrough for large scale computing: ’Memory disaggregation’ made practical
ANN ARBOR'For decades, operators of large computer clusters in both the cloud and high-performance computing communities have searched for an efficient way to share server memory in order to speed up application performance.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.05.2017
Rethinking exercise: Replace punishing workouts with movement that makes you happy
ANN ARBOR'Many women start fitness programs to lose weight, and when they don't, they feel like failures and stop exercising. And then, months or a year later, they do the same thing again?creating a vicious cycle that fails to consider what might be leading to short-term motivation, says Michelle Segar, director of the University of Michigan's Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
22.05.2017
Next-gen computing: Memristor chips that see patterns over pixels
Next-gen computing: Memristor chips that see patterns over pixels
ANN ARBOR?Inspired by how mammals see, a new "memristor" computer circuit prototype at the University of Michigan has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude, faster and with much less power than today's most advanced systems.
Social Sciences - Politics
22.05.2017
Political violence gets under kids’ skin’and may stay
ANN ARBOR'When children are victims of political violence, they tend to become more aggressive with members of their own peer group, and that aggression tends to linger as they age, according to a University of Michigan study.
Social Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.05.2017
Black youth, teen girls, see slower decline in frequent binge drinking
ANN ARBOR?Researchers who study binge drinking in teens have good news and bad news: the good news is the overall rate of frequent binge drinking is declining'but the bad news is, that rate is not falling as quickly for all adolescents.
Computer Science/Telecom
19.05.2017
Emojis: How we assign meaning to these ever-popular symbols
ANN ARBOR'Why is more popular than or , when all three express happiness? Why am I less likely to ask you to the baby so that I can enjoy a yet more likely to use or to express my appreciation when yo
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
19.05.2017
Can humanized products like Alexa meet our social needs?
ANN ARBOR?Consumers have taken a liking to products they can interact with such as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and iRobot's pet-like Roomba vacuum. Ironically, in spite of the increasing popularity of these humanized products, people have never reported feeling more alone or isolated. This raises an interesting question: are these anthropomorphic products capable of fulfilling the social needs typically fulfilled by human interaction and, if so, at what potential cost?
Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
Very young lake sturgeon and artificial spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers
Very young lake sturgeon and artificial spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers
ANN ARBOR'Rock spawning reefs have been built at several locations in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers over the past 13 years to attract lake sturgeon and other native fish species.
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