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.

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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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Peering Into the Black Box of Tuberculosis

Computer modeling reveals the immune system's battleground. |Long Read

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Drones

They're Everywhere

Through the air, in the sea and on land (even space) the drones are here so you'd better get used to it. |Long Read

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Biomimetics

Copycat Engineering

Nature has inspired engineers to mimic many of its designs and develop spectacular technologies of their own. |Long Read

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A Season of Twisters

How to Address the Looming Threat

Looking like a contender for the top three most deadly U.S. tornado seasons, 2012 is already cutting a swath of destruction from Texas to Michigan. |Long Read

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Dread Down Under

World Solar Challenge

The biggest and best solar car team's goal is to win World Solar Challenge, a five day race across the Australian outback. |Long Read

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Stubborn Structures

Earthquake-Resistant Buildings

Earthquake-resistant structures are on designers' drawing boards and getting better all the time; explore the world of earthquake engineering. |Long Read

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Human 2.0

Engineering the Next Generation of a Machine Known as ‘The Human Body’

From sonar eyes and cochlear implants to bio bolts and brain control of prosthetics. |Long Read

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