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Vivace device

Startup bets on ‘slow water’

Experts are testing the first commercial-scale prototype of a device that uses slow-moving river and ocean currents to generate electricity.

From the edge of the Arctic: Brie Van Dam, COE

From the edge of the Arctic

At a remote climate change research outpost, engineer Brie Van Dam, BS ’07, helps track the planet’s vital signs.

Pipeline, Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac at risk?

More than 700 miles of shoreline in lakes Huron and Michigan are potentially vulnerable to oil spills if the pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac ruptures.

Geoengineering, climate change

Time to get serious?

As the Earth’s climate changes, experts explore provocative interventions and ask: Can we geoengineer our way out of a looming crisis?

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Stalking immortality

As late bloomers go, the American agave at U-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens was peerless. At age 80, the plant gained rockstar status, only to perish soon after. Or did it?