Study: Humans Driving Cars Are More Likely to Hurt Other Humans Than Self-Driving Cars

With autonomous vehicle operators now required to report their crashes, we finally have some data to compare robot drivers to human drivers when it comes to road safety. Here’s one good argument for a robot-driving future: Human drivers are more likely to get in crashes that hurt or kill other humans. »10/29/15 4:10pm10/29/15 4:10pm


Japanese Paper Art Could Lead to Bending and Folding Electronics

LG’s G Flex phones are mostly known for their ability to bend slightly under pressure, but someday our mobile devices could be completely rolled up like a piece of paper. And researchers at the University of Michigan are hoping the art of intricate paper cutting might be the secret to that ultimate flexibility. »6/22/15 11:00am6/22/15 11:00am

Batteries Made With Bulletproof Kevlar Fibers May Never Explode

One of the most common reasons that batteries explode and catch fire—like on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner—is because over time small conductive pathways grow inside the battery's inner structure that eventually cause it to short out with disastrous results. But Nicholas Kotov, a professor at the University of Michigan, and… »1/27/15 8:15am1/27/15 8:15am

The Scientifically Proven Way to Break Off the Biggest Wishbone Piece

Challenging a sibling or cousin to a wishbone breaking contest is as much a Thanksgiving tradition as stuffing, pumpkin pie, and awkward family conversations. And thanks to some important research recently conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, we now have some actual strategies to help ensure you… »11/27/14 10:01am11/27/14 10:01am

Scientists Produce Rounded Crystals That Could Lead To 3D-Printed Pills

Taking inspiration from the microscopic rounded structures that creatures like starfish naturally grow to improve their limited vision, researchers at the University of Michigan have succeeded in artificially creating smooth facet-less crystals in the lab that have the potential to revolutionize everything from solar… »10/21/14 10:35am10/21/14 10:35am

Researchers Invent a Camouflage Material That Changes Like a Chameleon

Mother Nature has already mastered the art of camouflage, so it only makes sense that we steal her ideas when it comes to the art of hiding. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a remarkable new material "inspired" by chameleons, which can change shape and color under different lighting conditions. »4/23/14 9:40am4/23/14 9:40am

Train for Surgery Using Immersive 3D Holograms of Corpses

Computer-generated models are starting to let researchers and students peer into the body without needing a real human stretched out before them. Virtual dissection tables have been built at places like Stanford and the University of Calgary. Now, University of Michigan computer scientists and biologists have taken… »4/07/14 2:40pm4/07/14 2:40pm

Color Solar Panels Let Stained Glass Windows Produce Cheap Power

Because solar panels are designed to accumulate as much light from the sun as possible, they're typically very dark in color. It makes them more efficient, but also kind of an eyesore, minimizing their adoption. So researchers at the University of Michigan have developed what they believe to be the world's first… »3/03/14 4:00pm3/03/14 4:00pm

Adobe's Developing a Brilliant Photo Editing App You Can Just Talk To

Photography is getting easier thanks to cameras that are able to better evaluate and automatically choose the best settings for a given scene. But photo editing, that's still a bit of a mystery to most amateur photographers. So Adobe—the makers of Photoshop—are working with the University of Michigan to develop an … »2/12/13 5:40pm2/12/13 5:40pm

Watch All Kinds of Liquids Bounce Off This New Super-Repellant Coating

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an advanced hydrophobic coating that they claim is able to repel any type of liquid known to man. In fact, the coating is actually referred to as being superomniphobic since hydrophobic coatings can still let certain liquids pass through a given material given… »1/17/13 2:40pm1/17/13 2:40pm

UMich VIVACE Hydropower System Makes Energy From Slow Currents

A new hydropower prototype from the University of Michigan could end up using even slower river and ocean currents to generate energy. VIVACE, which stands for Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy, can generate power from as little as 2 knots, making it more useful than most turbine and water mill… »11/26/08 4:30am11/26/08 4:30am