February 2017

M Research: News from the University of Michigan

Poverty Solutions

More than 43 million people in the U.S. live below the poverty line. That equates to 1 in 8 Americans being poor. Despite the billions of dollars government and charitable organizations spend on poverty, we know very little about how to prevent and alleviate this problem. A new University of Michigan initiative aims to change that.

Brains in Space

Medical imaging performed before and after space missions reveal that astronauts’ brains compress and expand during spaceflight.

Bad Vibrations

You feel a buzz in your pocket or a ding from your purse, but when you look, the screen is blank. This could be a sign of cellphone dependency.

Science of Sleep

Tools like brain imaging show that some parts of the brain are actually more active when you’re asleep as compared to when you’re awake.

Don't Blame Pregnancy

Pregnancy has long been blamed for permanent weight gain in childbearing women, but the real culprit could be lifestyle and age.

Back and Forth

A technique developed by researchers could help designers make materials that switch between hard and soft without damage or alteration.

Innovation is for Finishers

Many researchers are hoping startups will help get their ideas into the marketplace— and universities nationwide are doing their part to help.

In perspective

Fake News
Communication Studies Professor Brian Weeks discusses why fake news is a real challenge and offers tips on how to be savvy before you share.
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