1. U-M Health performs its first heart transplant after cardiac death

    For decades, surgical teams could only transplant hearts from patients who were irreversibly brain dead yet still had a beating heart. But physicians at U-M’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center have now completed a heart transplant using an organ from a donor who had recently died.

  2. A promising new target for antibiotics

    In an effort to prevent another global health crisis, scientists have discovered a promising target for new and improved antibiotics. Riboswitches are small stretches of RNA that regulate a process necessary for the production of proteins by the bacterial cell.

  3. U-M experts: We need to emphasize AI’s societal impacts over tech advances

    Artificial intelligence is all over the news lately. And for good or ill, it has implications for us all. Faculty experts who’ve studied AI’s rise across business, society and the culture at large, say we need to be less in awe of the tech and more focused on the risks and benefits.

  4. AI could run a million microbial experiments per year

    An artificial intelligence system enables robots to conduct autonomous scientific experiments — as many as 10,000 per day — potentially driving a drastic leap forward in the pace of discovery in areas from medicine to agriculture to environmental science.

  5. Evidence of conscious-like activity in the dying brain

    Reports of near-death experiences — with tales of white light, visits from departed loved ones, hearing voices —capture our imagination and are deeply engrained in our cultural landscape. Now a new study reveals intriguing brain wave patterns in comatose patients.

  6. Building curious machines — and finding shipwrecks

    We know more about Mars than our own oceans and lakes. Artificial intelligence could change all that.– by combining robotics, naval architecture and computer science to build a software system that can trawl through sonar data much as a human would.

  7. Advancing chips for the auto sector is the goal of new Michigan-based initiative

    The STAR initiative is a public-private partnership that will focus on developing the talent base and infrastructure necessary to accelerate advanced semiconductor applications for electrification and autonomous mobility.

  8. U-M launches $130M Electric Vehicle Center

    The center will build on more than a century of U-M leadership in transportation to tackle such critical areas as workforce, cost, vehicle range, charging infrastructure and sustainability.

  9. $15 million for connected and automated transportation, renewing U-M-led Midwest hub

    U-M will continue to lead regional efforts to transition the nation to connected and automated vehicles — bolstered by a $15-million, five-year grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. The partnership brings together nine colleges and universities to explore emerging technologies that address safety and sustainability.