UM mathematics professors develop new jet-lag app

(From UM News Service) … A different kind of jet-lag mobile app released today by University of Michigan mathematicians reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.

“Overcoming jet lag is fundamentally a math problem and we’ve calculated the optimal way of doing it,” said Danny Forger, a professor of mathematics at the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. “We’re certainly not the first people to offer advice about this, but our predictions show the best and quickest ways to adjust across time zones.”

The new iPhone app, called Entrain, is believed to be the first to take a numbers-based approach to “entrainment,” the scientific term for synchronizing circadian rhythms with the outside hour. It’s based on new findings by Forger and Kirill Serkh, a doctoral student at Yale University who worked on the project while an undergraduate at U-M.

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Reported by Nicole Casal-Moore from University of Michigan News Service

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Genetic study of house dust mites demonstrates reversible evolution

…a research team led by two University of Michigan biologists has used a large-scale genetic study of the lowly house dust mite to uncover an example of reversible evolution…

Cryptic clams: U-M biologists find species hiding in plain view

Two University of Michigan marine biologists have identified three cryptic species of tiny clams, long believed to be members of the same species, which have been hiding in plain view along the rocky shores of southern Australia for millions of years.

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Calling all cars: U-M takes center stage in safe transportation

UMTRI will install wireless communication devices on nearly 3,000 vehicles that will let cars, trucks and buses “talk” to each other, as well as to traffic lights and other road signals located at intersections, curves and highway sites throughout a test-pilot area in northeast Ann Arbor.

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Religion is a potent force for cooperation and conflict, research shows

“Moralizing gods, emerging over the last few millennia, have enabled large-scale cooperation and sociopolitical conquest even without war,” said University of Michigan anthropologist Scott Atran, lead author of the article with Jeremy Ginges of the New School for Social Research.

“Sacred values sustain intractable conflicts like those between the Israelis and the Palestinians that defy rational, business-like negotiation. But they also provide surprising opportunities for resolution.”

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Here’s a round-up of stories involving new science research at the University of Michigan:

Power to the professors: A bold, new way to fund research begins at U-Michigan

A first-of-its-kind, real-time research funding initiative at the University of Michigan puts $15 million into the hands of professors to jumpstart new projects they believe in.

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“Gut”-throat competition: U-M research on digestive tract bacteria yields surprising findings

…new research from the University of Michigan Health System … [shows] that the bacteria that usually live in our digestive tracts compete against invading bacteria such as E. coli to help our bodies fend them off.

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U-M researchers identify potential target for anthrax drug

Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified new targets for drugs that could potentially treat anthrax, the deadly infection caused by Bacillus anthracis.

The team, led by David Sherman, the Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in UM’s College of Pharmacy and a faculty member at the U-M Life Sciences Institute, found a new way to block the bacteria’s ability to capture iron, which is vital to its survival and its disease-causing properties.

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University of Michigan: Science News Round-Up

Here’s a round-up of stories involving new science research at the University of Michigan:

Energy-recycling computer technology from University of Michigan goes global through semiconductor firm AMD

An energy-recycling computer circuit born at the University of Michigan will enable a new generation of power efficient laptop PCs and servers.

Global semiconductor vendor Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced today at the 2012 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco that the company’s forthcoming 64-bit processor core, dubbed “Piledriver,” incorporates a technology invented by a Michigan Engineering computer science professor and his graduate students….click here to read more

Pregnant primates miscarry when a new male enters the group

Pregnant female geladas show an unusually high rate of miscarriage the day after the dominant male in their group is replaced by a new male, a new University of Michigan study indicates.

The “Bruce effect” – in which pregnant females spontaneously miscarry after being exposed to an unfamiliar male – has been found repeatedly in laboratory rodents. However, no conclusive evidence for this effect had ever been demonstrated in a wild population prior to this study. Geladas are Old World monkeys that are close relatives of baboons….click here to read more


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