Research News

  1. Hey Siri, are we cool?

    AI is developing rapidly, and there’s no consensus on what that means. Some think it will lead to human extinction. Others point out that it could help address medicine shortages or plan vacations. So what do humans do with all this? LSA faculty and alumni experts weigh in on what to make of AI’s changing landscape.

  2. Managing screen time by making phones slightly more annoying to use

    The best way to help smartphone users manage their screen time may be to make phones progressively more annoying to use, according to new U-M research. Delaying a phone’s swiping and tapping functions forces users to think harder, making it easier for them to consider whether to keep scrolling.

  3. Researchers create human aortic aneurysm model

    Using human cells in laboratory rats, Michigan Medicine researchers have developed a functional model of thoracic aortic aneurysm, creating new opportunities for understanding disease development and treatment. No treatments currently exist for the condition, which is a weakening and bulging at the body’s largest blood vessel in the chest.  

  4. Rolling the dice on addiction

    College sports deliver some of the most thrilling moments in athletics. But it’s not all fun and games for gambling addicts whose fortunes rise and fall with each contest. Now, as online betting becomes more popular and accessible, college students are increasingly vulnerable to getting hooked, warn U-M experts.

  5. Volunteers needed for study: Learn how exposure to ‘forever chemicals’ impacts cancer risk

    U-M investigators need your help to understand statewide environmental exposures and cancer risk. Researchers hope to recruit 100,000 Michiganders ages 18-49 from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, with a focus on residents in Metro Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Saginaw.

  6. Chemicals stored in home garages linked to ALS risk

    Over the last decade, researchers at U-M have found exposure to environmental toxins — from pesticides used in agriculture to volatile organic compounds in the manufacturing industry — is linked to the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The buildup of exposures is possibly associated with recreational activities such as woodworking and gardening.

  7. How trauma gets ‘under the skin’

    U-M researchers have found that people who experienced greater childhood adversity, reporting one or more traumatic or adverse events, had poorer muscle metabolism later in life. The researchers say the effects of childhood adverse events remained significant even after they controlled for other factors that could potentially impact muscle function such as age, gender, educational attainment, and more.

  8. Better battery manufacturing: Robotic lab vets new reaction design strategy

    New chemistries for batteries, semiconductors, and more could be easier to manufacture, thanks to a new approach to making chemically complex materials that researchers at U-M and Samsung’s Advanced Materials Lab have demonstrated.

  9. First atlas of the human ovary with cell-level resolution is a step toward artificial ovary

    Insights could lead to treatments restoring ovarian hormone production and the ability to have biologically related children, according to U-M engineers. Researchers could potentially create artificial ovaries using tissues that were stored and frozen before exposure to toxic medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.