Research News

  1. Individual finger control for advanced prostheses demonstrated in primates

    In a first, a computer that could fit on an implantable device has interpreted brain signals for precise, high-speed, multifinger movements in primates. This is a key step toward giving those who have lost limb function more natural, real-time control over advanced prostheses.

  2. Communities for cognitive aging: How neighborhoods may protect the cognitive health of older Americans

    A trio of U-M studies shows that urban and suburban neighborhoods that provide opportunities for socialization, physical activity, and intellectual stimulation may help preserve older adults’ cognitive health.

  3. Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windows

    A new transparency-friendly solar cell design could marry high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes, which may pave the way for windows that also provide solar power. The high-efficiency but fragile molecules for converting light to electricity thrive with a little protection.

  4. Dementia’s toll on US

    U-M study shows major gaps in who gets care that could help them remain at home. Black, low-income, or people with lower levels of education are less likely than their counterparts to have available spouse caregivers, but more likely to have adult children available to provide care.

  5. Cutting through the confusion about kids, teens and COVID-19 exposures

    It’s pretty confusing to be a parent of a school-age or preschool child right now. Here is your handy guide to quarantine, isolation, and more, based on the latest science.

  6. XR technology ‘brings’ conference goers to iconic U-M space

    As the Center for Academic Innovation prepared for its first annual XR Summit, organizers had an idea: create a virtual representation of the Diag for people to meet, using the technology that was the focus of the event. So cool.

  7. First-responder robots could team with wildfire fighters

    A three-year project funded by a $1 million grant aims to equip bipedal walking robots with the technology to trek in areas that are too dangerous for humans, including collapsed buildings and other disaster areas.

  8. Rewriting Michigan’s archaeological history

    Researchers recently identified the state’s earliest archaeological site: a 13,000-year-old Clovis camp on a Southwest Michigan farm. The site is likely the northwestern-most Clovis settlement in the Great Lakes region.

  9. A hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of healthy life

    Researchers recently ranked more than 5,800 foods by their nutritional disease burden to humans and their impact on the environment. Small changes in diet – fewer hot dogs, more nuts – could help you live healthier, more sustainably.