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April 18, 2019

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February 13, 2019

Ruthven remnants

After the Ruthven Museums Building closed its doors to the public last year, Michigan Today explored its deserted halls, cupboards and cabinets to find a trove of fascinating and forgotten artifacts, such as the mysterious liquids, oil and rubber gloves in an artichoke jar found in this cabinet. As a renovated Ruthven prepares to house classrooms, labs and offices, and its former occupants are now in the new Biological Sciences Building, view a gallery showing some of what was left behind. (Photo by Deborah Holdship, Michigan Today)

February 11, 2019

Censored Planet

Automated global internet censorship tracking tool

In an advance that could one day provide a comprehensive, publicly available window into worldwide internet censorship, a team of U-M researchers has turned public internet servers across the globe into automated sentries that can monitor and report when access to websites is being blocked. In this video, Roya Ensafi, research assistant professor of computer science and engineering, discusses the ideas behind Censored Planet and how the system works.

February 11, 2019

‘Ancient Color’

This portrait of a mummified woman was painted at nearly life size on a wood panel. It’s part of a new exhibition titled “Ancient Color,” which runs through May 26 at LSA’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The exhibition debunks the common misconception that marble sculptures were intentionally all white by applying modern tools to uncover ancient Roman pigments, showing how colorful the ancient world could be. (Photo of the portrait and color reference by Carrie Roberts; pigment photos by Randal Stegmeyer)

February 8, 2019

Economic testimony

Matthew Shapiro (right), Lawrence R. Klein Collegiate Professor of Economics, testified Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about the potential impact the recent partial government shutdown had on small businesses. He used examples from his research into the effects of the 2013 government shutdown. Asked what another shutdown could mean for the economy, consumer confidence and spending, Shapiro responded that U-M’s Survey of Consumers showed a 7.2 percent decline in consumer confidence from December 2018 to January 2019. He warned that number would worsen with another shutdown, potentially leading to an economic slowdown. (Photo by Andrew Loeb, Washington Office)

February 6, 2019

Museum on the move

A team from Research Casting International of Toronto works to reassemble the Owosso mastodon in the Atrium of the Museum of Natural History, which will reopen in its new location, U-M’s new Biological Sciences Building, on April 14. (Photo by Michelle Andonian)