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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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

New material could offer an efficient eco-friendly advance in cooling technology

An international research team led by the University of Maryland has developed a novel elastocaloric cooling material that is highly efficient, eco-friendly and easily scaled-up for commercial use. The researchers new cooling material is a nickel-titanium alloy that was sculpted using additive technology (3-D printing). Their work is published in the November 29 issue of

New material could offer an efficient eco-friendly advance in cooling technology

Playing the sounds of healthy reefs attracts young fish to degraded coral reefs

Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new research published today in Nature Communications. An international team of scientists from the UK’s University of Exeter and University of Bristol, and Australia’s James Cook University and Australian Institute of Marine Science, say this “acoustic enrichment” could

Playing the sounds of healthy reefs attracts young fish to degraded coral reefs

Which is more believable: hyper-realistic masks or human faces?

Some silicone masks are now so realistic they can easily be mistaken for real faces, new research suggests. Hyper-realistic masks are made from flexible materials such as silicone and are designed to imitate real human faces – down to every last freckle, wrinkle and strand of real human hair. In a study by the Universities

Which is more believable: hyper-realistic masks or human faces?

Checking to see if immunotherapy is working using artificial intelligence

Case Western Reserve researchers use AI with routine CT scans to predict how well lung cancer patients will respond to expensive treatment based off changes in texture patterns inside and outside the tumor. Scientists from the Case Western Reserve University digital imaging lab, already pioneering the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict whether chemotherapy

Checking to see if immunotherapy is working using artificial intelligence