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Which Way to Mars?

Is a trip to Mars closer today, or as far away as ever? |Long Read

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In Our Image

How and why we make machines that move like us |Long Read

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True Believers

Anguish + Elation in the Student Section

Game day makes everything else seem dull. |Long Read

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Life, Engineered

How Lynn Conway Reinvented Her World and Ours

She’s been called the hidden hand in the movement that enabled smartphones, PCs and the very fabric of Silicon Valley. |Long Read

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Students sleeping in bunkbeds

The Room

A View from Inside Bursley Hall

For four months, Matthias Schotanus would call his room in Bursley his home and would share it with three sophomore roommates he hadn't yet met. |Long Read

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Computer Science with Soul

Students in a software engineering course developed technologies to help one teen communicate. They're also working to fill a void in the market for assistive devices. |Long Read

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Mayday Machine

If a plane is in trouble, a computer won’t panic. So is it time for humans to leave the cockpit?

Immediately, the plane’s systems set to work testing out its various control surfaces, such as the flaps and rudder, to discover its new limitations. |Long Read

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Going Beyond Eco-Friendly

Sustainable Solutions Done Right

"Sustainability" is a hot word right now, but what does it really mean to make a "sustainable solution"? Michigan Engineers are focusing on the "triple-bottom-line" to solve problems around the world. |Long Read

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Kickstarting Cubesats Into Deep Space

Two Michigan Engineering professors are forging new ground, turning to the Kickstarter online community to help fund an interplanetary satellite mission. |Long Read

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Red barn on a snowy farm, with a fracking well in the distance.

Fracktopia

The techniques of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling have come together over the past decade to change the American energy landscape. Now more and more researchers are looking into the potential risks hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling could pose to the environment and human health. |Long Read

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Squashing Superbugs

Michigan engineers are exploring approaches that can prevent bacteria from gaining a foothold or help antibiotics work more effectively. |Long Read

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