A string quartet from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance performs during the 41st Annual Noel Night, which took place Saturday at U-M's Detroit Center and other locations around Midtown Detroit. (Photo by Mike Morland, U-M Detroit Center)
Amazon.com’s recent announcement that it hopes to use drone-like “octocopters” to quickly deliver packages raises a variety of questions about the feasibility of such a project. In this video, Ella Atkins, an associate professor of aerospace engineering who specializes in autonomous systems, explores the potential and possible pitfalls of drone delivery.
U-M’s newest two-legged robot has taken its first steps outside. The machine, named MARLO, is the third-generation bipedal robot for Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. While MARLO’s predecessors were connected to lateral support booms and confined to the lab, this video illustrates how the current robot can venture out into the sunlight.
“I see heartbreaking things in Detroit, societal breakdowns, failures. … I inform people of that in a visual way. I like to illuminate things.”
Stephen William Schudlich, director of exhibitions at the Work•Detroit gallery, on the source of his artistic inspiration.
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Comments by Miles Kimball, professor of economics, were featured in a story about the digital currency Bitcoin.
Khaled Mattawa, associate professor of English language and literature, spoke about the newfound sense of activism among residents of Tripoli: “It is a measure of their despair at the worsening security situation that the ordinary people of this city ... are now gathering at a venerated public site to criticize the government in the open.”
Reuven Avi-Yonah, professor of law, was quoted in an article about a congressional tax plan that would require some foreign investors to pay higher withholding taxes on interest they receive from U.S. corporations.
David Hsu, research assistant professor of psychiatry, explained how the brain deals with the pain of social rejection.
Describing the phenomenon of highway hypnosis, Sean Meehan, assistant professor of kinesiology, said, “I’m sure most people experienced this on a long trip where they all of the sudden realize they really haven’t been aware of what they’re doing.”
Michael Sivak, research professor at the Transportation Research Institute, was quoted in a story about a rise in gasoline demand, spurred by a recovering economy and cheaper prices at the pump.