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 8:15am 1/27/15 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 10:01am 11/27/14 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 10:35am 10/21/14 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 9:40am 4/23/14 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 2:40pm 4/07/14 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 4:00pm 3/03/14 4:00pm

Engineers Are Tracking Football Helmet Data to Study Head Injuries

The prevalence of head injuries is the dark side of football. Now a University of Michigan engineering lab is installing sensors inside helmets which can help measure impact and spot potential brain injuries that might go undetected. » 2/02/14 5:17pm 2/02/14 5:17pm

Researchers Detect Intense Brain Activity In Rats After They're Dead

We now know slightly more about what happens after death, thanks to new research that measures the electrical activity in the brains of rats before and after cardiac arrest. Spoiler: it does not flat-line. Not immediately, anyway. » 8/12/13 4:54pm 8/12/13 4:54pm

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 5:40pm 2/12/13 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 2:40pm 1/17/13 2:40pm

Hacked DC School Board E-Voting Elects Bender President

Yes, that Bender. The one on the left. A University of Michigan team got him elected to the Washington DC school board in 2010 by hacking the district's electronic absentee ballot system. » 3/02/12 1:00am 3/02/12 1:00am

Could Schizophrenia Be Treated With Nicotine?

Smoking is bad for you blah blah we know. But you couldn't really tell that to the 80% of American schizophrenic patients who smoke. The jury is still out on why that number's so high, but could some form of treatment come out of this? » 8/30/11 4:20pm 8/30/11 4:20pm

This is the World's Teensiest Computer

As a baby step toward finally being able to wear your computer, researchers at the University of Michigan just completed the first millimeter-scale computing system. The device is designed to be implanted into glaucoma patients' eyes in order to monitor internal pressure. It also comes packed with its own even-smaller… » 2/22/11 4:20pm 2/22/11 4:20pm

Students Hack Washington D.C.'s Web Voting System to Play College Fight…

A pilot internet voting program in Washington D.C. for this November's elections has been scrapped. Why? Well, officials invited hackers to give the system their "best shot," and some college kids did—and pulled off a pretty good prank. » 10/06/10 10:54am 10/06/10 10:54am

New Nanotech Display Has Pixels Eight Times Smaller Than iPhone 4's

A research team at the University of Michigan has created a new even-higher-high-definition screen technology, using nano-sized manufacturing processes to reduce pixel size—and simplify the screen-making process. » 8/27/10 12:00pm 8/27/10 12:00pm

iPhone Orchestra Hacks Touchscreen, GPS and Accelerometer to Create…

Dressed in the required blue jeans and black turtleneck, the world's first iPhone orchestra is staging a public performance next week as part of the University of Michigan's "Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble" course. » 12/03/09 10:52am 12/03/09 10:52am

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 4:30am 11/26/08 4:30am

Carbon Nanotube-Coated Threads Make Wearable, Biosensing Electronics

Wonder material the carbon » 11/19/08 12:45pm 11/19/08 12:45pm has another new application: A team at the University of Michigan has worked out how to coat cotton threads with a polymer and nanotube mix to produce conductive mini-cables. Conductive threads aren't new, but they generally involve metal which limits their utility—this new material is…

Army's Miniature Spy-Bat Concept Makes Lucius Fox Drool

Army dudes sat down with scientists at University of Michigan and other schools and asked for a simple frickin' bionic bat with frickin' stereo cameras, miniaturized radar, ultra-sensitive self-guidance, "energy scavenging" recharging capability and a radio to send data back to troops in urban combat zones. Was that… » 3/18/08 10:10am 3/18/08 10:10am

HERCULES Laser is Most Intense Laser in the Universe, Almost as…

"If you could hold a giant magnifying glass in space and focus all the sunlight shining toward Earth onto one grain of sand, that concentrated ray would approach the intensity of a new laser beam made in a University of Michigan laboratory." - Physorg

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