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a doctor giving an eye exam

For necessary eye exams, a new breath shield protects patients and doctors

Close proximity eye exams will need to continue during lockdown, calling for increased safety.|Medium Read
Aerospace Professor Pierre T. Kabamba

Ph.D. Student Andrea Lupini receives Professor Pierre T. Kabamba Award

Congratulations to Mechanical Engineering PhD student Andrea Lupini for winning the Professor Pierre T. Kabamba Award!|Medium Read
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Professor Pingsha Dong

Pingsha Dong named ASME Fellow

Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Pingsha Dong has been named as American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow. |Short Read
A screenshot of the VR research environment.

How can pedestrians trust autonomous vehicles

Utilizing a unique VR set-up, researchers uncover a certain amount of trust to encourage, but not harm, pedestrians. |Medium Read
(A) Major structural components of bacteriophage T4. (B) A schematic of the phage T4 infection process: (I) Phage T4 recognizes the host cell and binds to the cell membrane using the long tail fibers. (II) The baseplate undergoes a large conformational change from a dome-shaped to a star- shaped structure and the short fibers attach to the cell irreversibly. (III) The sheath contracts from the extended state to the contracted state. (IV) During sheath contraction, the rigid tail tube pierces the cell host outer membrane and then initiates translocation of DNA into the host.

Simulation of how E. coli-killer operates is a roadmap for targeted treatments

Bacteriophages provide a how-to for taking over bacteria.|Medium Read
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MIDCE Catalyst Grant awarded to Yulin Pan for Ocean Wave Forecast project

Assistant Professor Yulin Pan has been awarded a MIDCE Catalyst Grant for his Ocean Wave Forecast project|Short Read
PhD student Rachel Schwind works in the lab

How everyday products are supercharging methane, and what that means.

“Siloxanes” could be key to deriving bolstered energy production from biogas.|Medium Read

Mitigating uncertainties in remote computer numerical control using data-driven transfer learning

U-M IOE’s Raed Al Kontar receives research funding from Cyber-physical Systems, a National Science Foundation program, for a project centered on the refinement of computer numerical control as a cloud service.|Short Read
Scientists in a lab

U-M team to build synthetic neurons – first challenge in making synthetic cells

Seven U.S. research institutions look to build synthetic cells|Medium Read
Three athletes on the soccer field battle for control of the ball

Overuse, or one bad move? New view on ACL tears prompt questions on how athletes train

New research suggests a reevaluation of the way athletes train and prepare for competition.|Medium Read
Smoke rises into the air from a power plant

Climate change: Why removing CO2 from the air isn’t enough

Switching to large scale renewable resources is the only way to curb extreme carbon capture costs.|Medium Read
Linxiao Zhu, ME Research Fellow, unveils a device that enables cooling via heat transfer. Photo: Joseph Xu

Toward molecular computers: First measurement of single-molecule heat transfer

If Moore's law's endgame is really computer components made from single molecules, we're going to need to know how to cool them.|Medium Read