Research News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Protests in Cuba: The beginning of a new revolution?

    U-M sociologist Silvia Pedraza says Cuban unrest is the result of a perfect storm that includes the coronavirus pandemic, the lack of a charismatic leader, the deep financial crisis unleashed by changes in the currency, and greater access to the internet in recent years.

  8. Snails help solve mystery with world’s smallest computer

    U-M scientists using a computing system so tiny it can stick to a snail’s shell recently collected data ‘that nobody had been able to obtain’ before. Evolutionary biologists are using the miniaturized sensing computers to understand how to preserve and protect endemic species.

  9. Two-thirds of local leaders see Michigan moving in the wrong direction

    The combined crises of the past year have darkened the attitudes of local government leaders, according to the first results of U-M’s 2021 Michigan Public Policy Survey.