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Research News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Prevent your child from playing with fire

    Children caused an average of 8,100 fires in American structures – including homes, schools, and other buildings – each year between 2014-18. Arson is the criminal act with the largest proportion of juvenile arrests in the U.S.; on average, 50 percent have been younger than 18.

  5. Data is life: Amazon holds clues about climate

    Follow Michigan researchers deep into (and above) the Amazon as they collect data, day by day and tree by tree, that could drive a better understanding of the Earth’s climate future.

  6. More American parents of teens are purchasing firearms during the pandemic

    A national survey of primary caretakers of teenagers found 10% of all households with high school-age teens reported buying a firearm in the early months of the pandemic. One in seven of the households that purchased a gun also had a teen with depression, researchers found.

  7. What does the future hold for telehealth? New report gives hints

    Data from use of virtual visits with health providers show disparities in access, use, and attitudes before and during the pandemic.

  8. Lake Huron sinkhole surprise

    Researchers propose that increasing day length on the early Earth may have boosted the amount of oxygen released by photosynthetic cyanobacteria, changing the planetary rotation rate.

  9. A game-changer for mental health: Sports icons open up

    By being open about what they were experiencing, and not “toughing it out” or stifling their feelings like generations of athletes have had to do, Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, and others did more than spare themselves injury or defeat.