Research News

  1. Food from urban agriculture has surprisingly high carbon footprint

    A new U-M-led international study finds that fruits and vegetables grown in urban farms and gardens have a carbon footprint that is, on average, six times greater than conventionally grown produce. However, a few city-grown crops equaled or outperformed conventional agriculture under certain conditions.

  2. Off-road autonomy: U-M’s Automotive Research Center funded with $100 million through 2028

    The U.S. Army has extended its long-running relationship with the U-M Automotive Research Center, reaching a new five-year agreement of up to $100 million to boost work on autonomous vehicle technologies. As automakers explore self-driving cars, the Army-funded center will figure out how to take the tech off-road.

  3. These bubbles kill cancer

    “Histotripsy” is a technique created by U-M engineers and doctors that harnesses soundwaves to attack cancer. It comes with the promise of few, if any side effects, a quick treatment time and, for patient Carrie Kumpel, the hope that it would completely destroy three spots that had formed on her liver.

  4. Clinicians could be fooled by biased AI, despite explanations

    A U-M study shows accurate AI models improved diagnostic decisions, but biased models led to serious declines. Researchers and policymakers are taking steps to ensure AI models are safe, secure, and trustworthy — and that their use would lead to improved outcomes.

  5. Midlife blood test may predict cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s in later life

    U-M researchers have connected two blood biomarkers to changes in cognitive function in women in midlife, opening a potentially powerful path to noninvasive, earlier detection and interventions for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

  6. Kris Sarri: Combating climate change with a policy pen

    A thriving environment depends on engaging people in its stewardship, says Kris Sarri, MPH ’97. She has spent two decades in Washington, D.C., where her commitment to public health weaves together environmental protection and community development.

  7. Electric vs. gasoline vehicles: Is EV ownership competitive in your area?

    Cumulative recurring costs for a midsize SUV across platforms — traditional gasoline, hybrid and electric — are higher in some cities when taking key factors into account: financing, annual fees, insurance, maintenance, repairs and fuel costs.

  8. U-M Expert: Gaza ceasefire veto shows the UN is broken

    The Dec. 8 United Nations Security Council veto by the U.S. government about the Hamas-Israel ceasefire illustrates the horrific failure of the UN to prevent war — which is the primary responsibility of the organization according to its charter, says U-M professor.

  9. AI in society: Perspectives from the field

    Experts working in artificial intelligence, from technological to public policy roles, discuss the critical turning point we are experiencing in AI and what it means for the future