University of Michigan

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The University of Michigan is a major education and research institution.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
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2020
10 Jul 2020

Making Plastic More Transparent While Adding Electrical Conductivity

In an effort to improve large touchscreens, LED light panels and window-mounted infrared solar cells, a team of researchers has made plastic conductive while also making it more transparent.
13 Mar 2020

An Ultra-Precise Mind-Controlled Prosthetic

In a major advance in mind-controlled prosthetics for amputees, researchers have tapped faint, latent signals from arm nerves and amplified them to enable real-time, intuitive, finger-level control of a robotic hand.
10 Mar 2020

AI Could Enhance Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Disorders

Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve efficiencies and precision in sleep medicine, resulting in more patient-centered care and better outcomes, according to a new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
22 Jan 2020

Underwater Robot Takes First Known Automated Ocean Sample

A hybrid remotely operated vehicle took the first known automated sample performed by a robotic arm in the ocean.
17 Jan 2020

Wearables May Provide Early Warning for Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Proof-of-concept research points to wearable monitors' potential to offer low-cost, non-invasive way to detect this dangerous bone-marrow transplant complication.
15 Jan 2020

FlexDex Surgical

FlexDex Surgical, founded in 2013, is a medical technology company. Its device enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures.
2019
26 Dec 2019

Membrane Produces Electricity From Saltwater

Inspired by membranes in the body tissues of living organisms, scientists have combined aramid nanofibers used in Kevlar with boron nitride to construct a membrane for harvesting ocean energy that is both strong like bone and suited for ion transport like cartilage.
12 Nov 2019

Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Flip, Identify With Each Other

Swarms of simple, interacting robots have the potential to unlock stealthy abilities for accomplishing complex tasks. Getting these robots to achieve a true hive-like mind of coordination, though, has proved to be a hurdle.
4 Jun 2019

Technique unlocks graphene for semiconductors

To truly be useful, graphene would need to carry an electric current that switches on and off, as silicon does in the form of billions of transistors on a computer chip.
10 Apr 2019

'Wearable' device captures cancer cells from blood

A prototype wearable device, tested in animal models, can continuously collect live cancer cells directly from a patient's blood.
29 Jan 2019

A robot that can walk and fly

The robot is known as LEONARDO, an acronym for LEg ON Aerial Robotic DrOne, or Leo for short. It has a capability most robots these days just don't have: It can both walk and fly.
18 Jan 2019

Wearable to detect hidden anxiety, depression in young children

Anxiety and depression are surprisingly common among young children - as many as one in five kids suffer from one of them, starting as early as the preschool years. But it can be hard to detect these conditions, known as "internalizing disorders," because the symptoms are so inward-facing that parents, teachers and doctors often fail to notice them.
14 Jan 2019

3D printing 100 times faster with light

Rather than building up plastic filaments layer by layer, a new approach to 3D printing lifts complex shapes from a vat of liquid at up to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing processes, researchers have shown.
2018
24 Aug 2018

Doubling performance with lithium metal that doesn't catch fire

A rechargeable battery technology developed could double the output of today's lithium ion cells—drastically extending electric vehicle ranges and time between cell phone charges—without taking up any added space.
18 May 2018

Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells.
20 Feb 2018

Artificial intelligence can help you protect your personal data

It's a safe bet that some of the websites and apps you use collect and subsequently sell your personal data. But how can you know which ones? A researcher has led the development of a program that can answer that question in just a few seconds, thanks to artificial intelligence.
15 Jan 2018

Surprising discovery could lead to better batteries

Scientists have observed how lithium moves inside individual nanoparticles that make up batteries. The finding could help companies develop batteries that charge faster and last longer
4 Jan 2018

Memristors power quick-learning neural network

A new type of neural network made with memristors can dramatically improve the efficiency of teaching machines to think like humans.
2017
13 Nov 2017

3D-printing gets a turbo boost

A major drawback to 3-D printing - the slow pace of the work - could be alleviated through a software algorithm.
23 Oct 2017

Wearables to boost security of voice-based log-in

A security-token necklace, ear buds or eyeglasses eliminate vulnerabilities in voice authentication -- the practice of logging in to a device or service with your voice alone.