Chair of the University of Michigan's Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Karin Muraszko shines as both a brain surgeon and a person. In this moving video, originally produced by Michigan Television for the Big Ten Network, Dr. Muraszko describes the challenges of brain surgery, overcoming disability and sexism, and helping families face the possible loss of a child.
After years of effort, many false starts and faulty decisions, the US auto industry is remaking itself. U-M, with its historic ties to the carmakers, continues to push Detroit's technology and policy forward. Here is the story of one step toward transformation, and the U-M grads at the center of it.
- U-M and GM open $5 million advanced battery research lab
- Video: U-M auto expert describes the latest gas-saving technologies
In remarkable new findings, researchers at U-M and other institutions have found that black holes expel energy in a gentle, rhythmic pattern that helps maintain a galaxy's equilibrium. "Just like our hearts periodically pump our circulatory systems to keep us alive, black holes give galaxies a vital warm component," says team scientist Alexis Finoguenov.
Is obesity all in your head? New research by an international team co-led by U-M suggests that genes that predispose people to obesity act in the brain — not on metabolic functions such as fat storage — and that perhaps some people are simply hardwired to overeat.
U-M scientists probe limits of cancer stem-cell model; Melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, does not fit the model
Bad news for a promising new idea about cancer. The cancer stem-cell model must be reassessed because it is based largely on evidence from a laboratory test that is surprisingly flawed when applied to some cancers, U-M researchers have concluded.
A U-M engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn slow-moving currents into clean, renewable power. The device could be far more effective than technologies that capture energy from ocean waves and tides, because most of the world's currents are slow moving.
Older people tend to feel about 13 years younger than their chronological age, and in general they are satisfied with the aging process. Research by U-M psychologist Jacqui Smith also reveals that people who feel younger live longer than those who don't.
As fighting continues in Gaza, a U-M survey of nearby Lebanon illuminates some of the values underlying the use of violence in the Middle East. The findings are likely to surprise people on all sides of the political spectrum.
The antique cliche says that wives rush out to spend their husbands' hard-earned money. A new study suggests that the opposite is probably true: men seem to have evolved to spend, spend, spend when they're looking for mates. In fact, the more sexual partners a man desires, the more likely he is to empty his wallet.
Here's one more reason to say "shade grown, please" when you order your morning cup of coffee. Shade coffee farms, which grow coffee under a canopy of multiple tree species, not only harbor native birds, bats and other beneficial creatures, but also maintain genetic diversity of native tree species and can act as focal points for tropical forest regeneration.