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Research News

  1. Mind control

    “It’s like you have a hand again,” says Joe Hamilton, as U-M researchers amplify faint, latent signals from arm nerves to enable real-time, finger-level control of a robotic hand.

  2. Fumbles, flubs, clangers, and fluffs

    Why do top performers often fall short of the mark when the stakes are high and the pressure is on? A U-M psychologist explains.

  3. Ancient beads or Stone-Age ‘likes’?

    Anthropologists believe early humans exchanged eggshell beads to affirm connections and update their relationship status. Sound familiar?

  4. The nature of pain: Approach brings relief without opioids

    U-M launches an outreach program to teach clinicians more about the different types of pain and approaches to relief that are nonaddictive and more effective than opioids.

  5. Can’t resist tempting food? Scientists explore why

    As research in rats reveals a key brain pathway, neuroscientists contemplate how to translate findings in animals to understanding of human compulsions involving food or drugs.

  6. Toward a portable concussion detector that relies on an infrared laser

    Doctors and engineers collaborate on a noninvasive way to measure whether brain cells are in distress using an infrared laser. The new device could enable concussions to be diagnosed on the sidelines of an athletic event.

  7. Can data preserve peace?

    U-M political scientist J. David Singer founded the Correlates of War Project in 1963 to assess, analyze, and predict the factors that lead to wars. Ironically, the project grew out of a ‘peace studies’ program.

  8. Producing ‘green methane’ with artificial photosynthesis

    A solar-powered catalyst uses artificial photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide into methane. We could be recycling smokestack CO2 within 5-10 years, researchers say.

  9. A new drug slows aging in mice. What about us?

    U-M researchers are seeing success with anti-aging drugs in the lab. Potential exists to postpone age-related diseases in humans and extend lifespan.