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A football helmet design that listens to physics

A shock-absorbing football helmet system being developed at Michigan Engineering could blunt some dangerous physics that today’s models ignore.|Short Read
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New surface could streamline medical tests

Light waves have been harnessed to reveal molecules in blood and other samples in real time. It could change the way allergies are diagnosed and enable new discoveries in the life sciences.|Medium Read

Heat radiates 10,000 times faster at the nanoscale

In a unique ultra-low vibration lab, engineers have, for the first time, measured how heat radiates from one surface to another in a vacuum at distances down to 2 nanometers.|Short Read
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Nanotech: the new alchemy

Researchers at the University of Michigan are charting a path toward materials with new properties by cleverly altering the nanoparticles used to build them.|Medium Read
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Layered graphene beats the heat

An international team of researchers, led by faculty at the University of Michigan, have found that a layered form of graphene can expel heat efficiently, which is an important feature for its potential applications in building small and powerful electronics.|Medium Read
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Art-inspired solar cells

Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.|Medium Read
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Kirigami art could enable stretchable plasma screens

The art of paper cutting may slice through a roadblock on the way to flexible, stretchable electronics, a team of engineers and an artist at the University of Michigan has found.|Short Read
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‘Supercool’ material glows when you write on it

A new material developed at the University of Michigan stays liquid more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit below its expected freezing point, but a light touch can cause it to form yellow crystals that glow under ultraviolet light. |Short Read
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Liquid bonding a super plastic

A new 'super plastic' that can direct heat away from its source opens up a wide range of possibilities for making more efficient electronic devices.|Short Read
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Cheng Zhang awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research on nanophotonic materials and devices

Cheng works with Prof. L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication.|Medium Read
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Spintronics: Beyond Silicon

A groundbreaking new semiconductor compound may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics.|Short Read

Beyond silicon: New semiconductor moves “spintronics” toward reality

A groundbreaking semiconductor compound is bringing fresh momentum to the field of spintronics, a new breed of computing device that may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics.|Medium Read