Category Archives: Michigan

Big Ten Still Big in Research and Development

It’s time once again to revisit why the hell I’d choose the Big Ten as the conference to follow for science and research stories. Besides the obvious reasons that I’m from Ohio, went to Ohio State and Indiana, and worked … Continue reading

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Metabolically Engineering a Better-Tasting ‘Mater

Pretty much everybody (I think) knows that getting a tomato from the grocery store is a completely different experience than sinking your teeth into one just picked off of a plant in your back yard. The tastes do not even … Continue reading

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Self-Medicating Animals

I recently ran across a bit of research out of the University of Michigan that I found fascinating. The issue is that it’s a review article of scientific literature rather than an individual study with a specific finding. Not that … Continue reading

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Yet Another Green Tea Health Benefit – Fighting Alzheimer’s

According to scientists everywhere – and just about every paper I’ve ever read on the topic – green tea has a nearly unlimited number of health benefits. We’re talking everything from helping people lose weight to reducing the amount of … Continue reading

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Chronic Mortal Danger a Performance Enhancer for Tadpoles

Have you ever been chased through the forest by a saber-toothed tiger? Chances are that you haven’t, unless you’ve coopted Dr. Emmett Brown’s Delorean and set it for 10,000 B.C., about the time that the last of the giant grumpy … Continue reading

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Complex Mechanics Keep the Balance Despite Simple Neurological Networks

One of the more challenging issues in the field of robotics is the development of stability. Whether a machine is on two legs, four legs, one wheel, or eight wheels, it isn’t easy to keep a body stable and viable … Continue reading

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Sushi-Loving Yoopers, Gophers, and Badgers Lead Longer Lives – Theoretically

Every now and then during the course of my hunt for new material to write about, I come across a tidbit of information that I was completely unaware of. Take, for instance, the apparent fact that all cold-blooded animals lead … Continue reading

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