Research News

  1. 319-million-year-old fish preserves the earliest fossilized brain of a backboned animal

    The CT-scanned skull of a 319-million-year-old fossilized fish, pulled from a coal mine in England more than a century ago, has revealed the oldest example of a well-preserved vertebrate brain.

  2. U-M researchers helping to develop a machine for on-demand N95 mask manufacturing

    Launched with $3 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, the project aims to develop better respirators with new manufacturing processes that can be ramped up on demand, protecting both health care workers and the public.

  3. New guidelines on child obesity advise less watch and wait, more early intervention

    More than 14.4 million U.S. children and teens are at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and behavioral health issues, if untreated, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  4. U-M discovery dramatically reduces time it takes to build molecules

    With a big assist from artificial intelligence and a heavy dose of human touch, U-M researchers have discovered how to speed up the time-consuming chemical process of building molecules that will be tomorrow’s medicines, agrichemicals, or materials.

  5. Tracking ocean microplastics from space

    Harmful microplastics — tiny flecks that can ride ocean currents for thousands of miles — are extremely difficult to track and clean up. But, it turns out these same microplastics tag along with soapy or oily residue, which satellites are great at spotting.

  6. Gun control measures associated with reduced police use of force

    As police departments and activists look for strategies to reduce excessive use of force by police, new U-M research shows limited data, lack of transparency, and irregular implementation of reforms make it difficult to determine which approaches are effective.

  7. Collaborative project to help improve coastal community resilience in Michigan, Wisconsin

    Researchers from U-M and the University of Wisconsin will assess flood risk for disadvantaged communities in Berrien County, Mich., and Milwaukee, and will provide a framework to extend the analysis throughout the Great Lakes.

  8. How sound waves trigger immune responses to cancer in mice

    By breaking down the cell wall “cloak,” the treatment exposes previously hidden cancer cell markers and could offer patients a treatment option without the harmful side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

  9. 1 in 8 Americans over 50 show signs of food addiction, U-M poll finds

    Whether you call them comfort foods, highly processed foods, junk foods, or empty calories, a sizable percentage of older Americans have an unhealthy relationship with them, according to a new U-M poll.