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Innovation

  1. Discovery may lead to better anti-obesity treatments

    Researchers have unveiled the precise shape of a key player in human metabolism, which could open the door to better treatments for obesity and other metabolic disorders.

  2. “It is now easier to hear Earth’s voice”

    Michigan Stadium seismometer captures eerie quiet since COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were issued in March.

  3. April 2020: Coronavirus and U-M

    Global community rallies to raise funds, PPE, & more. Plus: Campus roundup of news, research, and resources in U-M’s fight against COVID-19.

  4. Probing tech’s soft underbelly

    Professor Kevin Fu is a master at tricking electronic devices into seeing false realities. But his scientific shenanigans are designed to help, not harm.

  5. Researchers go all in to fight coronavirus

    The University ramps up research efforts to understand and stem the effects of the global COVID-19 health crisis.

  6. Mind control

    “It’s like you have a hand again,” says Joe Hamilton, as U-M researchers amplify faint, latent signals from arm nerves to enable real-time, finger-level control of a robotic hand.

  7. “Alexa, let’s chat!”

    A U-M team is advancing conversational AI to find whether speaking with an inhuman entity could be equally, if not more, fruitful and enjoyable than engaging with a fellow human.

  8. The first flu shot

    When an influenza epidemic threatened the American effort in World War II, the War Dept. drafted scientist Tommy Francis to combat the killer virus. Francis’ team at U-M developed the world’s first flu vaccine.

  9. U-M to build $300m center in Detroit

    The Detroit Center for Innovation will serve students pursuing advanced degrees in mobility, artificial intelligence, data science, and more. Construction begins in 2021.