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Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) are working to make a better child safety seat. | Short Read
Researchers at UMTRI are crunching data to improve child safety in vehicles.

Any parent with a young child knows the frustrations of the child safety seat. They are not a one-size-fits-all solution and some studies show that 63-90% of safety seats are misused. Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) are working to change this. They observed parents as they installed a variety of safety seats in a variety of vehicles. What they saw laid the groundwork for recommendations to safety seat and automobile manufactures. They also developed an informative website for parents called Child Passenger Safety: Rationale for Best Practices.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read