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the ISS overlooks aurora borealis

More than $5M to improve solar storm forecasts

U-Michigan researchers play lead roles in national effort funded by NSF, NASA.|Medium Read
Alaskan wilderness

North American cold-climate forests are already absorbing less carbon, study shows

By zeroing in on different high-latitude regions around the globe, researchers reveal what global averages mask.|Medium Read
A robotic, prosthetic leg

Space motor helps make robotic prosthetic leg more comfortable and extends battery life

Getting rid of some gears enabled a free-swinging knee, regenerative braking and brought the noise level down from vacuum cleaner to fridge.|Short Read
Jay Guo holds a sheet of flexible transparent conductor on the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering North Campus. The material sandwiches a thin layer of silver between two “dielectric” materials, aluminum oxide and zinc oxide, producing a conductive anti-reflection coating on the sheet of plastic.

Making plastic more transparent while also adding electrical conductivity

Michigan Engineers change the game by making a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective.|Medium Read
ivanov in the trees

Spotlight: Data is life

Take a multimedia trip to the Amazon and meet the researchers who are working to understand how the future of the rainforest could affect us all.|Short Read

NASA satellite offers urban carbon dioxide insights

Using data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, researchers found connections between the population density of cities and how much carbon dioxide they produce per person.|Medium Read
Artistic renders of the Solar Orbiter. Provided by the European Space Agency.

Solar Orbiter mission to track the sun’s active regions, improve space weather prediction

Latest ESA launch will be the first mission to get hi-res images of the sun’s poles |Medium Read
connected cars navigating the roads

How self-driving car subsidies could carry us through the ‘dark age’ of deployment

A game-theory approach identifies which policy could support autonomous vehicles' market penetration—and environmental benefits.|Medium Read
Powder about to be prepared

Post-silicon computing gets one step closer

Tunable semiconductor could lead to faster, more efficient computers|Medium Read
illustration of parker solar probe in front of the sun

Parker Solar Probe: ‘We’re missing something fundamental about the sun’

First data holds clues to a decades-old mystery, and major implications for space weather prediction|Medium Read
(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
Scientist in the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility uses a computer inside of a clean room

Beyond Moore’s Law: taking transistor arrays into the third dimension

Thin film transistors stacked on top of a state-of-the-art silicon chip could help shrink electronics while improving performance.|Medium Read