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Nanofiber Carpet Could Mimic Gecko Feet, Polar Bear Fur

Inspired by the extraordinary characteristics of polar bear fur, lotus leaves and gecko feet, engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays...
Rooftop Device

Stanford Researchers Develop a Rooftop Device That Can Make Solar Power...

Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan wants to revolutionize energy-producing rooftop arrays. Today, such arrays do one thing – they turn sunlight into electricity. But Fan’s lab has...
synchrotron radiation

Researchers Develop Small Device That Bends Light to Generate New Radiation

University of Michigan physicists have led the development of a device the size of a match head that can bend light inside a crystal...
Gas-detecting laser device

Gas-Detecting Laser Device Gets an Upgrade

University of Michigan researchers have refined a gas-sniffing device so that it can detect poisonous gases and explosives in less than half a second. The...
Climate Change Sceptics

Experiencing Extreme Weather Is Not Enough to Convince Climate Change Sceptics

Political bias and partisan news reporting influence whether people report experiencing certain extreme weather events, the research suggests. But Americans who lived in areas where...
Anti-inflammatory Protein

Anti-inflammatory Protein Promotes Healthy Gut Bacteria to Curb Obesity

Scientists from the UNC School of Medicine discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they...
Thermal Transistors

Heat Transfer Surprise Could Lead to Thermal Transistors

As much as 100 times more heat than predicted by the standard radiation theory can flow between two nanoscale objects, even at bigger-than-nanoscale distances,...
Quantum materials, lung cancer, micronutrient deficiencies, drug therapy, antibiotic, gene sequencing, IBM, metal, immune system

The Swing Doctors: U-M Physicist Cracks Code on Material That Works...

Quantum materials are a type of odd substance that could be many times more efficient at conducting electricity through our iPhones than the commonly...
Fake news detector

Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human

An algorithm-based system that identifies telltale linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregator and social media sites like Google News with...
Intel processorvideo

Intel Processor Vulnerability Could Put Millions of PCs at Risk

A newly discovered processor vulnerability could potentially put secure information at risk in any Intel-based PC manufactured since 2008. It could affect users who...
rechargeable battery

Battery Breakthrough: Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal That Doesn’t Catch Fire

A rechargeable battery technology developed at the University of Michigan could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells—drastically extending electric vehicle ranges and...
Quantum materials, lung cancer, micronutrient deficiencies, drug therapy, antibiotic, gene sequencing, IBM, metal, immune system

Reducing NOVA1 Gene Helps Prevent Tumor Growth in Most Common Type...

Researchers have identified a gene that when inhibited or reduced, in turn, reduced or prevented human non-small cell lung cancer tumors from growing. When mice...
Memristors

Memory-Processing Unit Could Bring Memristors to the Masses

A new way of arranging advanced computer components called memristors on a chip could enable them to be used for general computing, which could...
Fatty liver

Fatty Liver: Researchers Uncover Potential New Role of Long Noncoding RNA

Scientists at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have uncovered a potential new role for long noncoding RNA in obesity and nonalcoholic fatty...
IBM, birth control pills, organic solar cells

Organic Solar Cells Reach Record Efficiency, Benchmark for Commercialization

In an advance that makes a more flexible, inexpensive type of solar cell commercially viable, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated organic solar cells...
Quantum materials, lung cancer, micronutrient deficiencies, drug therapy, antibiotic, gene sequencing, IBM, metal, immune system

Low Iron, Vitamin B12 Reserves Linked to Behavior Concerns in Young...

Significant iron deficiency and low blood levels of vitamin B12 in boys around age 8 are associated with behavior problems when they get to...
Peanut Allergies

Vaccine Suppresses Peanut Allergies in Mice

Just three monthly doses of a nasal vaccine protected the mice from allergic reactions upon exposure to peanut, according to research from the Mary H....
autonomous vehicles

Maximizing the Environmental Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

The added weight, electricity demand and aerodynamic drag of the sensors and computers used in autonomous vehicles are significant contributors to their lifetime energy...
Intense laser

Intense Laser Experiments Provide First Evidence That Light Can Stop Electrons

Whenever light hits an object, some of the light scatters back from the surface of the object. However, if the object is moving extremely...
sleeping habits

Kids’ Sleeping Habits Disrupted by Sneaky Media Use

Preschoolers who spend more time watching television, playing video games or using computers—especially if they're sneaky at bedtime—get less sleep, say University of Michigan...