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Seemingly without the least bit of irony, students at the University of Michigan who voted for Donald Trump have asked for safe spaces away from students who do not share their political views.Read More
According to a study done by a research team at the University of Michigan, pizza is the most addictive food ever. They polled students at the university to ask them which foods they think they would most likely get addicted to. Surprising nobody, pizza beat out just about every other food out there.Read More
The University of Michigan has used this 10-by-10 foot room to test out virtual reality for a couple of decades now, and they recently started using the Unreal Engine to render environments.Read More
Now if we could just determine the reason for the angelic chorus that appears when I eat cake...
Many on their deathbeds, in fiction and reality, report seeing a tunnel with a bright light at its end, an experience so common it's become a cliche. While some believe the light is heaven (which makes life a giant, smelly subway station, I guess?), researchers have found new evidence that these visions may stem from electrical surges in the brain.Read More
Who needs a long, drawn out grants process when you've got a whole Internet full of folks with a couple bucks to throw in the kitty for space exploration?
Researchers at the University of Michigan want your help to power the next generation of space flight. They're not counting on sending shuttles anywhere, though -- their plan for tiny, plasma-driven thrusters that could propel micro-satellites into interplanetary space as early as 2015. To hit that ambitious goal, though, they're not counting on the traditional grants process -- which can be quite protracted -- and instead taking their funding needs to the people via Kickstarter.Read More
The gun could help researchers study black holes by creating bursts of similar particles right in the lab.
hose of you looking to begin a career in supervillainy will want to take note of this story -- researchers working at the University of Michigan have succeeded in building an antimatter gun small enough that it can rest on a standard desktop. And, when it's not resting , it can fire brief blasts of electrons and their antimatter counterpart, positrons. World leaders can sleep easy, though, despite the fact that desktop antimatter guns are now a thing that exist. Rather than bringing cities to their knees, the team of researchers behind the project want to use it to learn more about the strange physics of black holes, which emit bursts of positrons and electrons, albeit on a much grander scale than the University of Michigan antimatter gun.Read More
Sometimes animals don't need you and your fancy pills. They can get their own meds, thank you very much. It's a phenomenon called zoopharmacognosy, and it's a known thing. A chimp might eat a vomit-inducing plant to purge his system of parasites, or a parrot might eat clay to help with digestion. But the practice of animal self-medication may be far more widespread than we ever knew, says a new study at the University of Michigan.Read More
It's commonly held -- but not universally accepted -- that evolution is a one-way street. Researchers who deny the idea that evolutionary traffic can only move forward saw their arguments bolstered this week with the publication of a study suggesting that house dust mites may have evolved from free-living creatures into full-time parasites, only to abandon that evolutionary track and go back the way they came, reverting to the free-living creatures that live invisibly in your carpet, bed, and other places in your home that it's probably best not to think about them living.Read More
Pretty Pretty Princess
WASPs are good at recognizing faces, of course, but you might be surprised to know that wasps are good at it too. According to a study performed at the University of Michigan, wasps can recognize friends and strangers by the distinctive markings on their faces. In addition, they'll react more aggressively towards wasps they don't know than they will towards their buddies. Certain natural deformities like a missing attenna can throw this recognition off, but overall, the insects are great at remembering the dudes they've seen up to as long as a week before.Read More
It may not sound like much, but MABEL's ability to run at a brisk 6.8 miles per hour is a pretty impressive accomplishment in robotics. Headed by Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, the members of the MABEL project have a wealth of in-depth knowledge about how complicated walking and running actually are. MABEL is designed to mimic actual human form in great detail, which is exceedingly complicated considering robots don't have automatic feedback response like meatbags who have feet, skin, a brain, a sense of touch, and a built-in sense of balance.
The process of actually making MABEL run involves a lot of precise calculations, not to mention precise robotics. MABEL has dozens of springs that function as tendons, weighs in at 143 pounds, has a similar weight distribution, and takes running strides during which both of her legs are off the ground for 40% of the time, just like a real human. For the time being, she still requires a boom for lateral stablization, but even considering that, the feat is impressive. While it certainly isn't hard to make a robot that can move and move fast, making robots that can adequately mimic activites humans do without a second thought is the biggest challenge robotics has to face. Thankfully, that should mean they won't be rebelling any time soon.Read More
E-MiLi, also known as Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening, is a proof-of-concept cellphone modification being developed by professor Kang Shin and student Xinyu Zhang at the University of Michigan that increase cellphone battery life by up 54%. When your cellphone is on and connected to Wi-Fi, it is constantly sniffing around for incoming traffic, even when idle, and that eats up battery. This is the problem E-MiLi aims to fix. E-MiLi is a process that cuts down a phone's Wi-Fi card down to 1/16th of its normal speed during transmission lulls, which is how the power saving is achieved. Then, when E-MiLi detects incoming data, it kicks things back into full gear and everything is back to normal. Afterwards, it returns to dormancy.Read More
The Board of Elections and Ethics in Washington D.C. invited hackers to test vulnerabilities within its pilot online voting program that is intended to help overseas voters easily place votes without the somewhat annoying absentee ballot process. A team of University of Michigan students hacked into the system and left their school's fight song as a prank.Read More