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Clive D’Souza Awarded by the Council for Disability Concerns

U-M IOE Assistant Professor Clive D’Souza was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Council for Disability Concerns.|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
Alex Halderman

How Let’s Encrypt doubled the percentage of secure websites in four years

A Q&A with J. Alex Halderman, who co-founded the nonprofit organization.|Medium Read
Laser on Google Home

A laser pointer could hack your voice-controlled virtual assistant

Researchers identified a vulnerability that allows a microphone to 'unwittingly listen to light as if it were sound'|Medium Read
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Wireless Communication Under the Sea

U-M researchers have created a new means of enabling reliable wireless underwater communication, which could aid military, environmental, and conservation purposes. |Short Read
Professors Lionel Robert and X. Jessie Yang stand in front of an autonomous vehicle at Mcity

What humans want, in an automated car

U-M researchers examined how a person’s perception of safety in an autonomous vehicle was influenced by its “personality” traits.|Medium Read
Roya Ensafi, CSE Research Assistant Professor, uses her computing system, Censored Planet. Photo: Joseph Xu

How Russia’s online censorship could jeopardize internet freedom worldwide

The nation is using inexpensive commodity equipment to block 170K domains on more than 1K privately-owned ISPs.|Medium Read
Sara Pozzi runs a sample through a plutonium and uranium detector in the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory

Iran’s centrifuges and nuclear nonproliferation: A Q&A with Sara Pozzi

Understanding nuclear enrichment and what it means for the “Iran nuclear deal.”|Medium Read
Laser on Google Home

Researchers take control of Siri, Alexa, and Google Home with lasers

The newly discovered microphone vulnerability allows attackers to remotely inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice assistants using light.|Medium Read

Offensive vehicle security toolbox makes car hacking easier

The new system is designed to save security researchers time and effort spent reverse-engineering the message format of every vehicle they study.|Short Read
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New tool combats evolving internet censorship methods

Technology pioneered by Michigan researchers has made a promising advance toward widespread adoption|Short Read
HERCULES laser

U-M to become Mount Olympus with ZEUS, the most powerful laser to be built in the U.S.

The three-petawatt system could unlock secrets of the universe, advance cancer treatments, improve security screenings for nuclear threats, and much more. |Medium Read