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Science and Technology

  1. Probing tech’s soft underbelly

    Professor Kevin Fu is a master at tricking electronic devices into seeing false realities. But his scientific shenanigans are designed to help, not harm.

  2. Live public street cams track social distancing

    A University of Michigan startup is tracking social distancing behaviors in real time at some of the most visited places in the world.

  3. Researchers go all in to fight coronavirus

    The University ramps up research efforts to understand and stem the effects of the global COVID-19 health crisis.

  4. Tracking COVID in wastewater

    We don’t know much about how coronaviruses behave and move through the environment. U-M and Stanford engineers aim to change that.

  5. 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.

  6. Flattening the curve for COVID-19

    History shows that taking strong steps now to slow the spread of coronavirus will help communities and individuals. How can you help?

  7. “Alexa, let’s chat!”

    A U-M team is advancing conversational AI to find whether speaking with an inhuman entity could be equally, if not more, fruitful and enjoyable than engaging with a fellow human.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.