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(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
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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
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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
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Cracking the cochlea: U-M team creates mathematical model of ear’s speech center

New research paves the way for modeling the transduction of speech and music at the cochlear level.|Medium Read
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MRacing Wins 4th Place Overall at Formula SAE Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Formula SAE team takes home 4th overall at Michigan International Speedway|Short Read

New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms

A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine.|Medium Read
A robot leg practices walking on a treadmill

Open-source bionic leg: First-of-its-kind platform aims to rapidly advance prosthetics

'This represents the future of research—rapid prototyping of open source robotic hardware and embedded systems with shared code.'|Medium Read