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November 2014

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M Research: News from the University of Michigan

Motor City roots

Chene Street was once considered to be Detroit's most vibrant commercial corridor. But over time, the popular thoroughfare has transformed into one of the city's most devastated and depopulated areas. U-M researchers are interviewing Chene Street residents to get a glimpse of what life was like there during its heyday.

Measuring impact

Government, industry and foundations spend more than $65 billion each year on research at the nation's universities, but what sort of impact does that funding have on the economy and science?

The truth about Ebola

As the current Ebola outbreak continues, U-M experts discuss the disease, how it is transmitted, what the likelihood of spread is in the U.S. and why we don't yet have an ebola vaccine.

'Little hot air balloons'

U-M engineers have created rounded crystals with no facets, called nanolobes, that could potentially be useful to guide light in advanced LEDs, solar cells and nonreflective surfaces.

Dare to innovate

What started as a unique program designed to spark innovative research has transformed the way in which the U-M community jumpstarts daring, boundary-crossing work.

All ears

U-M scientists have restored hearing in noise-deafened mice, which paves the way for future research that could improve treatment of human hearing loss caused by noise exposure and aging.

The new American family

In ways large and small, the fundamental societal building block of American families has morphed from the cookie-cutter norms of the last century to a vivid array of possibilities.
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