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mechanical itch

Scratch That Itch: U-M Researchers Identify Neurons Behind Mechanical Itch

Take a piece of tissue, twist it into a stiff peak and brush it against the fine hair beneath your lower lip—the...
human-robot

Humans, Robot Teams Work Better When There’s an Emotional Connection

Soldiers develop attachments to the robots that help them diffuse bombs in the field. Despite numerous warnings about privacy, millions of us...
catheters

Catheters: Big Source of Infection, but Often Overlooked

Indwelling devices like catheters cause roughly 25% of hospital infections, but ongoing efforts to reduce catheter use and misuse haven’t succeeded as...
programmable memristor computer

First Programmable Memristor Computer aims to Bring AI Processing down from...

The first programmable memristor computer—not just a memristor array operated through an external computer—has been developed at the University of Michigan.
HIV infection

Methodological Limitations Keeping At-Risk Individuals from Accessing Lifesaving HIV Prevention Pill

Methodological limitations in HIV drug implementation studies help to explain why high-risk individuals are not accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that can reduce...
spinal cord injuries

An ‘EpiPen’ for Spinal Cord Injuries

An injection of nanoparticles can prevent the body’s immune system from overreacting to trauma, potentially preventing some spinal cord injuries from resulting...
Digital alchemy

‘Digital Alchemy’ to Reverse-Engineer New Materials

In work that upends materials design, researchers have demonstrated with computer simulations that they can design a crystal and work backward to...
video

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,...
Human papillomavirus, 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...
Human papillomavirus, 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...