Video: What are the essentials of a happy, satisfying life? What choices can help you build a life with meaning? As U-M launches its "What Makes Life Worth Living" theme semester, psychology professor Christopher Peterson has some deceptively simple — but not necessarily easy — answers.
'Answer This!' is a sweet, smart romantic comedy. It's also a movie-maker's love letter to Michigan. Director Chris Farah tells the story of coming back to his alma mater to film his first feature, starring Christopher Gorham, Arielle Kebbel and legendary professor Ralph Williams.
Plus: Play the Michigan Today trivia game for a chance to win an 'Answer This!' Ralph Williams t-shirt!
U-M's John Masson, a petty officer first class in the US Coast Guard Reserve, reports from the Gulf oil spill clean-up.
Economic news; stem cells; childhood obesity; the North Campus Research Complex's new residents; inspiration from teachers, researchers and Brock Mealer; the origins of 'Jumping the Shark' and more.
BPA is a common chemical (more than 6 billion pounds of it are produced annually) that's stirred controversy in the media over its safety. Now, in one of the first human studies of its kind, researchers have found that urinary concentrations of BPA may be related to decreased sperm quality and sperm concentration. The findings are preliminary but point to the need for more study.
Hypervelocity stars, discovered about five years ago, are the fastest stars ever observed. They are escaping the galaxy at beyond what was thought to be its stellar speed limit. A U-M study has identified the source of their astounding speed: the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, which acts as a gravitational slingshot, blasting stars right out of the galaxy at 1.8 million miles per hour.
This month, the first-ever residents of North Quad moved into the state-of-the-art building. Get a glimpse of the facility in this story from the University Record.
Plus: Discover the history of North Quad and the story behind its quirky details. North Quad and Nellie's books
U-M professor Ricky Rood, an expert in world and regional climate issues, calls Pakistan's catastrophic flooding "a case study of climate disaster."
It's "like throwing sand in the eyes of the missile," says U-M's Mohammed Islam. He is developing sturdy and portable lasers that could blind heat-seeking weapons, including shoulder-launched missiles that have proved deadly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In a remarkable study of animal behavior, U-M researchers have found that a given wasp's facial markings serve as a sort of karate belt, giving a clue to its fighting ability. Even more interesting, wasps "punish" other wasps that are actually stronger or weaker than their markings suggest. "White belt" wasps who pretend to be black belts are asking to get picked on.
It's unavoidable: breakdowns in brain connections slow down our physical response times as we age, a new U-M study suggests.