The Nichols Arboretum peony garden has begun its annual transformation from green shoots to waves of white, pink and red as it bursts into nearly 10,000 blooms. At the beginning of this week, the main beds of herbaceous peonies were beginning to open. The tree peonies are still blooming in the surrounding beds. The peony garden offers a spring display from sunrise to sunset daily from approximately Memorial Day, when these pictures were taken, to mid-June. (Photos by Joseph Mooney)
At the first Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton Competition, the requested attire was circuits and motors. Teams from five schools recently gathered at U-M to tune-up, learn and demonstrate their powered mechanical suits, or exoskeletons, which augment the wearer’s strength and abilities. In this video, members of the U-M team explain the goal of the competition and how it worked.
In celebration of everything that makes Earth great, the School for Environment and Sustainability is showcasing photos taken by students, staff and faculty. This image, captured by SEAS master's degree student Carol Maiones, shows three female lions in Kenya's Nairobi National Park eyeing zebras in the background. This photo was the winner of the animals portion of the Images4Earth contest.
Water on a Jupiter moon?
Europa, a moon of Jupiter, has long been suspected of hiding a global ocean beneath its icy surface, and U-M researchers have now found the strongest evidence yet to suggest it has plumes ejecting water from its subsurface into space. In this video, Xianzhe Jia, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, explains how data collected during NASA's 20-year-old Galileo mission is helping provide new insights into Europa.
In this video, Justin Kasper, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, prepares a model of the Faraday cup for testing prior to this summer's Parker Solar Probe launch. Kasper is principal investigator for the investigation that will measure the solar wind. The cup is tested in a vacuum chamber and hit with light from four modified IMAX projectors and particles from an ion gun — all to ensure it will operate in the sun’s atmosphere.