March 2017

M Research: News from the University of Michigan

Driving the Future

Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the number is rising. Driverless vehicle research under way at the University of Michigan may be able to help trim this toll, and also reduce fuel consumption, cut emissions and boost accessibility to transportation in urban areas.

Pregnancy Weight

Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy are at greater risk of giving birth to a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Cyber Strategy

Whether a nation should retaliate against a cyber attack is a complicated decision. Game theory could help policymakers map out their strategy.

'Lightwave' Electronics

Extremely short, configurable pulses of light could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today's electronics.

Tooth Enamel

Unavoidable vibrations, such as those on airplanes, cause rigid structures to age and crack. The solution could stem from tooth enamel.

Corporate Responsibility

Private companies are more likely to follow through on corporate social responsibility declarations than public companies.

Side Effects

Teens should think twice if they believe the negative effects of prescription stimulant misuse are short-term—problems can last through age 35.

In perspective

Why do women live longer than men?
Life expectancy for women in the United States is 81 years, compared to 76 years for men. A U-M researcher studies cross-country and gender differences in health.
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