University of Michigan builds a next-gen solar car

The University of Michigan is known for being among the best of the annual North American Solar Challenge, netting the top spot in the solar-powered electric car race seven times.

Measuring the narcissism of Facebook and Twitter users

A new study out of the University of Michigan measures the connection between narcissism and social networking site use. Guess what? it is growing.

How to design a more realistic solar vehicle

The University of Michigan solar car team – a perennial power in national and international design competitions – is facing a new challenge this year: It needs to get real.

New find of water challenges lunar formation theory

New evidence of water in moon rock samples brought back by the Apollo mission is challenging the accepted view of how the moon formed.

Sunlight ramps up CO2 production from permafrost

It appears that, when Arctic permafrost melts, it can release carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere much faster than previously thought.

Amazon trees could survive global warming

Some good news, for a change: a new genetic analysis indicates that many Amazon tree species are likely to survive global warming in the coming century, contrary to previous findings.

Monkey study sheds light on early human interbreeding

A study of howler monkeys has revealed that different species interbreed much more than thought - implying that early species of human may have done the same.

Pacemakers powered by patient's heartbeat alone

Researchers have created an experimental device that powers a pacemaker using only harvested energy from a beating heart.

Solar wind brought water to the moon

The water found locked inside soil on the moon's surface derives from hydrogen in the solar wind - meaning there could be water on other apparently-dry bodies in the solar system too.

Sexting is here to stay

University of Michigan researchers have concluded that the practice of sending sexually explicit photos or messages - aka sexting - is likely just another normal, healthy component of modern dating.

Generation X doesn't care about climate change

Generation X may be passionate about Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins albums like Gish, but Xers remain somewhat lukewarm about the causes and implications of climate change. 

Texting ups truthfulness, iPhone study finds

If you want someone to tell you the truth, get them to text you rather than speaking face-to-face. Surprisingly, researchers have found it's a much better way of getting people to communicate candidly.

Beetles with backpacks could check out danger

University of Michigan engineers are kitting out beetles with sensors, aiming to use them to monitor hazardous situations before sending in human beings.

Forests soak up more CO2 than thought

North American forests might be more use than expected at slowing the pace of climate change.

Invention could dramatically increase smartphone battery life

A new 'subconscious mode' for smartphones could increase battery life by as much as 54 percent for users on busy networks.

Microbes turn nuclear waste into electricity

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new strain of a microbe which can efficiently clean up nuclear waste and other toxic metals while generating electricity.

ARM funds ultra-low energy computing research

ARM has renewed a research agreement with the University of Michigan to fund and collaborate with university scientists on ultra-low energy and sustainable computing.

Could microbes live in Martian brine?

A new million-dollar NASA project led by the University of Michigan aims to discover whether drops of salt water are common on Mars - and whether microbial life could survive in them.

Anticensorship scheme could make site blocking a thing of the past

Computer science researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Waterloo in Canada have come up with a radical new approach to beating internet censorship.

Solar power without solar cells: It could be possible

A new discovery by scientists could lead to solar power without the usual semiconductor-based solar cells.