Like Humans, The Paper Wasp Has A Special Talent For Learning FacesThough paper wasps have brains less than a millionth the size of humans', they have evolved specialized face-learning abilities analogous to the system used by humans, according to a University of Michigan evolutionary biologist and one of her graduate students.
UM Engineers Discover Nanoscale Balancing Act In Living SystemsA delicate balance of atomic forces can be exploited to make nanoparticle "superclusters" that are uniform in size -- an attribute that's important for many nanotech applications but hard to accomplish, University of Michigan researchers say.
Hidden Soil Fungus, Now Revealed, Is In A Class All Its OwnA type of fungus that's been lurking underground for millions of years, previously known to science only through its DNA, has been cultured, photographed, named and assigned a place on the tree of life, thanks in part to University of Michigan researchers.
UM Scientists Discover How Brain Cells Get The MessageUniversity of Michigan researchers have discovered new keys to getting brain cells to respond to specific signals, which could lead to better brain implants to treat diseases like Parkinson's.
UM Research Finds Brain Signals Amplify Desire For Sugary TreatsThe brain receiving amplified signals can trigger an intense desire to satisfy a sweet tooth with sugary foods, a new University of Michigan study shows.
UM: Nanoparticles May Help Alzheimer's And Related DiseasesNanoparticles of the right dimensions and shape may be the key in combating the plaque that destroys neurons and leads to symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, a new report shows. University of Michigan chemical engineering professor Nicholas Kotov says the nanotechnology means can attract and capture the longer fibrils that are known to form plaque related to neurodegenerative disorders.
UM Research Find Proteins' Workings Similar Across Much Of Life
Melting Ice On Arctic Islands A Major Player In Sea Level riseMelting glaciers and ice caps on Canadian Arctic islands play a much greater role in sea level rise than scientists previously thought, according to a new study led by a University of Michigan researcher.
Zoom-Up Star Photos Poke Holes In Century-Old Astronomical TheoryThe hottest stars in the universe spin so fast that they get a bit squished at their poles and dimmer around their middle. The 90-year-old theory that predicts the extent of this "gravity darkening" phenomenon has major flaws, according to a new study led by University of Michigan astronomers.
UM Researcher Grows Tissue In Wounds With NanotechFor the first time, scientists have made star-shaped, biodegradable polymers that can self-assemble into hollow, nanofiber spheres, and when the spheres are injected with cells into wounds, these spheres biodegrade, but the cells live on to form new tissue.
UM Says Solar Power Without Solar Cells Is PossibleA dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.
Invasive Mussels Causing 'Massive Ecological Changes' In Great LakesThe ongoing spread of non-native mussels in the Great Lakes has caused "massive, ecosystem-wide changes" throughout lakes Michigan and Huron, two of the planet's largest freshwater lakes, according to a new University of Michigan-led study.
UM: First Clinical Trial of Gene Therapy Shows Promise In Easing PainIn the first clinical trial of gene therapy for treatment of intractable pain, researchers from the University of Michigan Department of Neurology observed that the treatment appears to provide substantial pain relief.
UM Creates State's First Disease-Specific Human Embryonic Stem Cell LinesUniversity of Michigan researchers have created the state's first human embryonic stem cell lines that carry the genes responsible for inherited disease. The achievement will enable scientists here to study the onset and progression of genetic disorders and to search for new treatments.
U-M: Parents Trust Doctors Most For Info About Vaccine SafetyMost parents get their information about vaccines from their children's doctors, but some also consider public health officials, other parents, friends and family members and even celebrities as sources of vaccine information.