University of Michigan (UM)

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Cancer Traps: A non-invasive way to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs

Invasive procedures to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs could be replaced by simply taking samples from a tiny “decoy” implanted just beneath the skin, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated in mice. These devices have a knack for attracting cancer cells traveling through the body. In fact, they can even pick up signs that cancer

Cancer Traps: A non-invasive way to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs

The potential to prevent some spinal cord injuries from resulting in paralysis

An injection of nanoparticles can prevent the body’s immune system from overreacting to trauma, potentially preventing some spinal cord injuries from resulting in paralysis. The approach was demonstrated in mice at the University of Michigan, with the nanoparticles enhancing healing by reprogramming the aggressive immune cells—call it an “EpiPen” for trauma to the central nervous

The potential to prevent some spinal cord injuries from resulting in paralysis

Replacing rare earth elements with cheaper more abundant elements

Thin-film solar panels, the cell phone in your hand and the LED bulb lighting your home are all made using some of the rarest, most expensive elements found on the planet. An international team including researchers at the University of Michigan has devised a way to make these kinds of optoelectronic materials from cheaper, more

Replacing rare earth elements with cheaper more abundant elements

Removal of a single gene can completely block the development of pancreatic cancer – in mice

The action of a gene called ATDC is required for the development of pancreatic cancer, a new study finds. The work builds on the theory that many cancers arise when adult cells—to resupply cells lost to injury and inflammation—switch back into more “primitive,” high-growth cell types, like those that drive fetal development. When this reversion happens in

Removal of a single gene can completely block the development of pancreatic cancer – in mice

CRISPR-Cas3: A new type of gene editing CRISPR system is a major advance

A Cornell researcher, who is a leader in developing a new type of gene editing CRISPR system, and colleagues have used the new method for the first time in human cells – a major advance in the field. The new system, called CRISPR-Cas3, can efficiently erase long stretches of DNA from a targeted site in

CRISPR-Cas3: A new type of gene editing CRISPR system is a major advance

New RFID system can make all things part of the internet and help the elderly stay in their homes

Sensing technology could keep seniors safe Frying pans, pill bottles, yoga mats, coffee cups, and countless other non-electronic objects could be turned into a network of Internet of Things sensors with a new RFID-based technology from the University of Michigan. The system, called IDAct, bridges the gap between the estimated 14.2 billion ‘smart’ electronic devices

New RFID system can make all things part of the internet and help the elderly stay in their homes

Killing 99.9% of airborne viruses with cold plasma

Dangerous airborne viruses are rendered harmless on-the-fly when exposed to energetic, charged fragments of air molecules, University of Michigan researchers have shown. They hope to one day harness this capability to replace a century-old device: the surgical mask. The U-M engineers have measured the virus-killing speed and effectiveness of nonthermal plasmas—the ionized, or charged, particles

Killing 99.9% of airborne viruses with cold plasma

Could cooling computers be a simple as running an LED with the electrodes reversed?

In a finding that runs counter to a common assumption in physics, researchers at the University of Michigan ran a light emitting diode (LED) with electrodes reversed in order to cool another device mere nanometers away. The approach could lead to new solid-state cooling technology for future microprocessors, which will have so many transistors packed

Could cooling computers be a simple as running an LED with the electrodes reversed?

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Another big challenge met in the longstanding quest to achieve fusion

New research from the University of Rochester will enhance the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions. The research, published in the journal Nature Physics, addresses one of the challenges in scientists’ longstanding quest to achieve fusion. In laser-driven inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments, such as the experiments conducted at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser

Another big challenge met in the longstanding quest to achieve fusion

Can a ‘liquid health check’ predict the likelihood that we will develop a range of diseases?

Proteins in our blood could in future help provide a comprehensive ‘liquid health check’, assessing our health and predicting the likelihood that we will we will develop a range of diseases, according to research published today in Nature Medicine. Preventative medicine programmes such as the UK National Health Service’s Health Check and Healthier You programmes are

Can a ‘liquid health check’ predict the likelihood that we will develop a range of diseases?

Fighting deadly staph infections with a new breed of antibiotics

Eradicating deadly staph using a new breed of antibiotics has revealed promising results in research released by QUT, to help overcome one of the biggest modern medical challenges. The bacteria attach to medical devices including catheters, artificial joints, implants and patients’ burns and wounds, establishing bacterial biofilms, a leading cause of failing antibiotic therapies and

Fighting deadly staph infections with a new breed of antibiotics

A new water purification method can simultaneously remove organic, inorganic, and microbial contaminants, as well as microplastics

Magnetic nanoparticles with ionic liquids for water purification In many parts of the world, access to clean drinking water is far from certain. Filtration of large volumes of water, however, is slow and impractical. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have introduced a new water purification method based on magnetic nanoparticles coated with a so-called “ionic

A new water purification method can simultaneously remove organic, inorganic, and microbial contaminants, as well as microplastics

How about precise control of computing with magnetic waves — with no electricity needed?

Circuit design offers a path to “spintronic” devices that use little electricity and generate practically no heat. MIT researchers have devised a novel circuit design that enables precise control of computing with magnetic waves — with no electricity needed. The advance takes a step toward practical magnetic-based devices, which have the potential to compute far

How about precise control of computing with magnetic waves — with no electricity needed?

Measuring the massive migration of sea creatures at night from space using lasers

Every night, under the cover of darkness, countless small sea creatures – from squid to krill – swim from the ocean depths to near the surface to feed. This vast animal migration – the largest on the planet and a critical part of Earth’s climate system – has been observed globally for the first time

Measuring the massive migration of sea creatures at night from space using lasers