Science and Technology

  1. Lake Huron sinkhole surprise

    Researchers propose that increasing day length on the early Earth may have boosted the amount of oxygen released by photosynthetic cyanobacteria, changing the planetary rotation rate.

  2. Snails help solve mystery with world’s smallest computer

    U-M scientists using a computing system so tiny it can stick to a snail’s shell recently collected data ‘that nobody had been able to obtain’ before. Evolutionary biologists are using the miniaturized sensing computers to understand how to preserve and protect endemic species.

  3. Most victims of data breaches are unaware

    The number of data breaches and victims is rising, but few of us recognize the true extent and impact of the damage. Interestingly, the fault almost always lies with insufficient security practices by the affected company. Plus: ‘Guide to Avoid Data Breaches.’

  4. Good science changes: That’s a good thing

    Throughout history, the process of discovery has always involved correcting mistakes, clarifying our understanding, and adding deeper shades of nuance. These changes in our knowledge are features of science, not bugs.

  5. Trapping ocean microplastics

    Some 8 million tons of plastic trash enter the ocean each year, most of which is battered into microplastics. U-M researchers can now spot these harmful flecks, tracking where they enter the water, how they move, and where they tend to collect around the world.

  6. U-M commits to carbon neutrality universitywide

    President Schlissel at May 2021 Regents meeting: U-M will achieve carbon neutrality across all greenhouse gas emission scopes, committing to geothermal heating and cooling projects, electric buses, and more.

  7. 17-year cicadas and tree damage: What to expect

    The cicadas can damage small trees and shrubs so the best defense is to cover vulnerable or smaller trees with mesh or netting; insecticides should not be used, experts say.

  8. Toddler with spina bifida meets paralympian: “She has crutches like me”

    A young patient’s reaction to a commercial featuring gold medalist and double amputee Jessica Long goes viral, leads to a Zoom introduction.

  9. COVID-19 vaccine to be required for students who live on campus

    The new requirement provides for exemptions and applies only to students who will live in residence halls and other University housing.