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Science and Technology

  1. Arrowsmith’s inspiration

    The first and arguably greatest American novel about a scientist — Sinclair Lewis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Arrowsmith — never could have been written without the real-life character Lewis found at U-M. But the writer never delivered the credit he promised.

  2. Old bones, new home

    U-M’s Museum of Natural History is now open in the Biological Sciences Building, blurring the traditional boundaries between researcher and visitor.

  3. Gene therapy targets mutation tied to blindness

    Advances yield alternative options for treating a rare, inherited retinal condition, giving new tools to specialists — and genuine hope to patients and families facing vision loss.

  4. Built by humans, ruled by computers

    As algorithmic decision-making becomes more powerful, researchers cite concerns that computers don’t always know — or do — what’s best for we humans.

  5. U-M launches carbon neutrality commission

    Administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions to levels that are environmentally sustainable — in a fiscally responsible manner and in keeping with the University’s mission.

  6. Automated sentries track internet censorship

    A team of U-M researchers has turned public internet servers worldwide into automated sentries that can monitor and report when access to websites is being blocked. 

  7. From talking the talk to walking the walk

    U-M geneticist and researcher at the Life Sciences Institute is the first Saudi woman to be named a Rhodes Scholar. And it all started with a podcast.

  8. Good vibrations

    Michigan Shake project measures crowd response during U-M home football games; data could inform earthquake studies.

  9. Compostable diapers

    U-M startup Ecovia Renewables hopes to rid the planet’s landfills of disposable diapers; team is working with manufacturers to put a biodegradable material into product prototypes.