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September 19, 2018

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September 14, 2018

Treadmill desks don’t hinder thinking but can hamper memory

If you’ve ever tried to recall a recently learned phone number while using a treadmill workstation, you know it can be tough. That’s because working memory isn’t as efficient when using a treadmill workstation as when sitting or standing, a new University of Michigan study found.

September 4, 2018

Receptor protein in the brain controls the body's fat 'rheostat'

Scientists at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University have identified the function of a protein that has been confounding metabolism researchers for more than two decades. And it may have implications both for treating obesity and for understanding weight gain during pregnancy and menopause.

September 4, 2018

Fake news detector algorithm works better than a human

An algorithm-based system that identifies telltale linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregator and social media sites like Google News with a new weapon in the fight against misinformation.

September 4, 2018

Most land-based ecosystems worldwide at risk due to climate change

Without dramatic reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, most of the planet's land-based ecosystems — from its forests and grasslands to the deserts and tundra — are at high risk of "major transformation" due to climate change, according to a new study from an international research team.

September 4, 2018

Firstborn Asians feel added pressure with family responsibilities

When compared to European Americans, Asian-American firstborns feel the additional burden of being cultural brokers and having to take care of their immigrant parents and young siblings at the same time, says a University of Michigan researcher.

June 25, 2018

U-M researchers create world’s smallest ‘computer’

IBM’s announcement that it had produced the world’s smallest computer back in March raised a few eyebrows at the University of Michigan, home of the previous champion of tiny computing.

Now, the Michigan team has gone even smaller, with a device that measures just 0.3 mm to a side — dwarfed by a grain of rice.

May 17, 2018

'Harmless' cheating in the lab linked to misbehavior in real life

Breaking the rules.

Almost daily we hear about someone who has cheated to get ahead — students using a study app to get answers for a final exam, two more auto companies caught fudging on emissions data, and Facebook employees fired for taking private user data for the purposes of stalking.

May 16, 2018

Europa's plumes: New evidence from an old mission

Europa, a moon of Jupiter, has long been suspected of hiding a global ocean beneath its icy surface, and University of Michigan researchers have now found the strongest evidence yet to suggest it has plumes ejecting water from its subsurface into space.

May 14, 2018

Medicaid expansion leaves more money in recipients' pockets

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act reduced out-of-pocket medical expenses, allowing the poorest Americans to allocate their money for other life necessities, according to a new University of Michigan study.

May 10, 2018

Even one automated, connected vehicle can improve safety, save energy

Connected cruise control uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to let automated vehicles respond to multiple cars at a time in an effort to save energy and improve safety.

University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated its effectiveness on public roads, even when just one automated vehicle is moving among human-driven cars.

May 8, 2018

University part of project examining sleep consolidation

Sleep is one of our most essential needs, but we don't know precisely how it happens.

Specifically, researchers don't understand how adult humans consolidate their sleep into a single, approximately eight-hour bout.

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