Science and Technology

  1. An eye on the sky

    The Extremely Large Telescope (or ELT) could change everything we know about the universe — including how the first galaxies were created and where life on other planets may exist. And U-M is the only U.S. university involved in helping develop it.

  2. A surprisingly simple way to foil car thieves

    Skyrocketing vehicle theft rates have drawn attention to an inconvenient truth: the increasing amount of technology in our vehicles can make them more vulnerable to hacking or theft. U-M researchers have found a solution, though, leveraging perhaps the lowest-tech feature of today’s vehicles — the cigarette lighter.

  3. Unlocking the mind

    Imagine an everyday brain-computer interface, where brain activity is translated into actionable insights. Two U-M alums behind the startup Neurable plan to make neurotechnology easily accessible to everyone, everywhere, so humans can participate in the world in a completely new way.

  4. U-M Health performs its first heart transplant after cardiac death

    For decades, surgical teams could only transplant hearts from patients who were irreversibly brain dead yet still had a beating heart. But physicians at U-M’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center have now completed a heart transplant using an organ from a donor who had recently died.

  5. Study shows promising treatment for tinnitus

    Some 15% of adults in the U.S. have tinnitus, that ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound of silence. U-M researchers at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute suggest relief may be possible.

  6. A promising new target for antibiotics

    In an effort to prevent another global health crisis, scientists have discovered a promising target for new and improved antibiotics. Riboswitches are small stretches of RNA that regulate a process necessary for the production of proteins by the bacterial cell.

  7. U-M experts: We need to emphasize AI’s societal impacts over tech advances

    Artificial intelligence is all over the news lately. And for good or ill, it has implications for us all. Faculty experts who’ve studied AI’s rise across business, society and the culture at large, say we need to be less in awe of the tech and more focused on the risks and benefits.

  8. AI could run a million microbial experiments per year

    An artificial intelligence system enables robots to conduct autonomous scientific experiments — as many as 10,000 per day — potentially driving a drastic leap forward in the pace of discovery in areas from medicine to agriculture to environmental science.

  9. Evidence of conscious-like activity in the dying brain

    Reports of near-death experiences — with tales of white light, visits from departed loved ones, hearing voices —capture our imagination and are deeply engrained in our cultural landscape. Now a new study reveals intriguing brain wave patterns in comatose patients.