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Municipal takeover in Michigan: A rational, apolitical response to financial distress, or something else?

Six of the 11 Michigan cities that have come under state emergency management since 1990 also saw changes to their municipal drinking water systems, the most common being rate increases, water shutoffs for nonpayment and the privatization of water services or infrastructure. That’s one of the findings of a new study that used Michigan cases […]

Posted inSci/Tech

1 in 6 U.S. families in new study spent more than $5,000 to have a baby

The price tag for giving birth in America may bring some families sticker shock – even for those with private insurance. And when delivering moms require caesarians or their newborns need neonatal care, some families may spend as much as $10,000 out-of-pocket, according to a new Michigan Medicine-led study. “Childbirth is the most common reason […]

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Weapons trade reveals a darker side to dark web

April 19, 2019 – Debates over gun regulations make headlines across the world, but there’s an underground operation for weapons that has drawn very little attention – until now. Researchers from Michigan State University crept into the dark web to investigate how firearms are anonymously bought and sold around the world. “We know so little […]

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Study: Get Moving to Get Happier

ANN ARBOR, April 5, 2018 – Physical activity has long been known to reduce depression and anxiety, and is commonly prescribed to prevent or cure negative mental health conditions. However, less is known about the impact of physical activity on positive mental health conditions, such as happiness and contentment. Weiyun Chen, University of Michigan associate […]

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Shake It Up: Human-Induced and Natural Earthquakes in Central U.S. Are ‘Inherently Similar’

ANN ARBOR, August 3, 2017 – The stresses released by human-induced and naturally occurring earthquakes in the central United States are in many cases indistinguishable, meaning that existing tools to predict shaking damage can be applied to both types. That’s the main conclusion of a study by a University of Michigan seismologist and two Stanford […]