I used to run with a GPS watch, and at the time it seemed like a technological marvel. Made by Polar, Garmin, Nike and Timex, global positioning system watches track the distance you have run and your pace, including your average pace and your instantaneous pace.
A mix of shoddy safety practices by the oil industry, a blowout preventer that was never adequately tested, and the failure of a concrete cap led to the historic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an expert panel concluded Wednesday.
BP and the oil industry drilling in the Gulf of Mexico lacked the proper safety attitude to handle the large risks of deep-water drilling, leading to the many bad decisions behind the worst offshore spill in U.S. history, a panel of expert engineers said Wednesday. The panel chairman is Michigan Engineering professor of practice Donald Winter.
An 8,900 years old wooden pole found at the bottom of Lake Huron is evidence of human activity along a land bridge that once linked northeast Lower Michigan to what today is central Ontario. Michigan Engineering's Guy Meadows is involved in the research.
One of the odder side-effects of the old fuel-economy standards for vehicles, first introduced in 1975, is that they ushered in an era of bigger, heavier automobiles in the United States. This blog post is based on research involving associate professor Steve Skerlos.
Moses Lee, Assistant Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan, on the many ways that UM is encouraging student entrepreneurship and helping to build the small business economy. Get more great advice and tips on growing your business by regularly listening to our free audio seminars on your PC or mobile device.
More than ever, it is time to reassert our leadership as the greatest manufacturer of goods, products and, particularly important, innovations in both the automotive industry and beyond, say U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and Dow CEO Andrew Liveris in this op-ed.
A Univeristy of Michigan researcher and his colleagues has created a new kind of nanostructured coating made of carbon nanotubes that could cloak an aircraft in complete blackness, concealing it in the visible range and beyond.
The Michigan Business Challenge, a four-month business plan competition sponsored by the University of Michigans Zell Lurie Institute, kicks off today in Ann Arbor. Student teams will compete for $60,000, gaining valuable feedback and broadening networks along the way. And the public is invited to watch at every step.
In a sign of the ongoing challenges the state faces in trying to diversify its economy, the amount of venture capital dollars being invested in Michigan companies is down sharply through the end of September and is likely to show a decline for all of 2011.
The auto industry has work ahead to meet ambitious fuel efficiency goals of 55 mpg by 2025 - nearly twice the current average required. Hybrid and electric cars will play a role, but the plain old internal combustion engine can't be overlooked.
Future bugs will be harder to swat down especially when they are cyborg versions of the insects of today. Scientists at the University of Michigan are developing enhanced insects that can be used to scout out environments that are dangerous to humans.
When only 200 mW of IR light is coupled into a millimeter-scale whispering gallery resonator made of lithium niobate, it can produce cascaded-harmonic generation up to the fourth harmonic, serving as a compact, low-power source of UV light. The device, developed by researchers at the University of Michigan, could become part of future microscopes, information-storage systems, and chemical-analysis instruments.
The next time you feel like swatting a bug, consider whether it might be packing military sensors that are gathering data about its surroundings. Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on ways to generate power from insects kinetic motion and body heat while bugging the bugs as well.
What began as a trickle in 2008 has become a flood of local mobile smartphone app development and downloads. Five local app developers have had aggregate downloads of more than 1 million each, a local trade association continues to grow rapidly, and investors are pouring money into the space.
Insects have served as the inspiration for a number of Micro Air Vehicles that could be deployed without putting humans in harms way. Now researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering are proposing using actual live insects enhanced with electronic sensors to achieve the same result.
We have seen people attempt invisibility cloaks for ages, mostly failing miserably, even in films. But how about hiding something with darkness. That is what researchers using carbon nanotube forests are attempting to do.
It seems that invisibility cloaks are being developed at an ever increasing rate. However, to be a true cloak, the device/gadget or material should not allow the cloaked object to cast a shadow. According to a U-M press release about recent Michigan Engineering research, the shadow can be obliterated by the background.
Tiny carbon tubes can be used to hide three-dimensional objects from view, according to a team of Michigan Engineering researchers including Jay Guo (EECS). The nanotubes are one-atom thick sheets of graphene wrapped into cylindrical tubes.
Ann Arbor area life sciences firm DeNovo Sciences took home the top prize of $500,000, and manufacturing technology company Fusion Coolant Systems Inc. won $150,000 at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Both have ties to Michigan Engineering.
DeNovo Sciences LLC, a small medical device startup in Plymouth Township that is headed up by one of the states best-known biotech entrepreneurs, won the $500,000 first-place prize Thursday night at the second annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.
Today, not too many people in the nano business care to call it an industry at all. It is an enabling technology, and it is developing under the radar in Michigan (in some U-M spin-off companies) and elsewhere.