Category Archives: Technology

Two foundations merge to create Parkinson’s Foundation

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The Michigan Parkinsons Foundation says more than one million people in the U.S live with Parkinson’s disease. It’s most common in people over the age of 60, but it can be diagnosed as early as age 20.

Now two national foundations are merging,in order to help further research for a cure.


The National Parkinson’s Foundation and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation are joining forces. Under a new name, the Parkinson’s Foundation, the organization hopes to do more good more efficiently.

Officials said the organization’s goals for 2017 are to complete the merger, make resources for patients more accessible, and increase funding for research.

John Lehr is the Chief Executive Officer for the Parkinson’s Foundation. He said the Parkinson’s community supports the merger..

“I think the community is looking for there to be some consolidation, so that you can get efficiencies, you can have a uniformity of programs, that you can go to one website and get all the information that you need, and really just feel like you can turn to one organization that represents you and doing all the things you would want the organization to do.”

Lehr said the foundation will look to the community for their input on how the organization can better serve them.

Michigan remains top three in the nation for boat sales

BuckeyeLake_02According to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, boat sales in Michigan totaled over eight hundred and $40 million in 2016.

The state came in third to Florida and Texas in boat sales. Their sales were in the billions of dollars.

Officials say boat sales picked up around 2009, and since then, the market has continued to grow..

Bill Kerns is the General Manager at Spicer’s Boat City in Houghton Lake. He says there are a number of reasons the market is doing well.

“New people getting into the sport, dealers being more ready for the onslaught of business, more product out in the field, and pontoons have continued to grow the industry and we saw growth at the end of last year with those as well.”

Kerns says with technology continuing to make boating more appealing, the market in Michigan will likely stay strong.

Google to hold small business event in Flint

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The event is called Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map.

It’s aimed at helping small business owners understand how to reach customers through the internet.

Experts say 97-percent of consumers look for local businesses online, but less than 30-percent of small businesses report having a website.

Whitney Cox is with Google.

“It’s so important for businesses to be online, like I said 97 percent of consumers use the web to find local goods and services, so no longer do we turn to our computer throughout the day, now we turn to our phones.”

Cox said 10 Google experts will be available to help small business owners start a website, and get their business on Google Maps.

“If I need directions I turn to my phone, if I wanna read reviews I turn to my phone, if i’m waiting in line a the coffee shop I turn to my phone. So now our phones are indispensable shopping tools, and it’s so so important that businesses get online and reach customers in those moments that matter.”

The event is taking place at the Flint Institute for the Arts from 9am to 12 pm. Cox said the first half will be seminar, and the second will be workshop based. The event is free and registration can be found at https://events.gybo.com/events/246/register

The state is creating rules for utilities to protect against cyberattacks

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The Michigan Public Service Commission says utilities are seeing attacks daily, from domestic and international sources. Now the state is creating rules to protect Michigan’s utilities from cyber-attacks.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light announced this month they paid a ransom of 25-thousand dollars to unlock their own communication system from a cyber-attack that occured in April. Continue reading

Pokemon Go is still alive and well on CMU’s campus

IMG_2716The virtual reality app launched for smartphone users in July and quickly became the most-downloaded app in history….that’s more than 500 million downloads. Everyone wanted in on this game. But…Pokemon—and pokemon enthusiasts for that matter—aren’t a new thing. Not by a long shot.
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Ann Arbor is home to a Alzheimer’s testing site where a new drug is being tested

file000894312228 (1)The A4 study, as it’s known, is focused on people 65 to 85 years old who still have a normal memory, but have early signs of Alzheimer’s.

These people will be administered a drug to see if it will slow or stop the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Reisa Sperling is the Director at the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment.

“This is a new study and what’s particularly new about it is trying it in people who don’t yet have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. So we’re really trying to change the way we think about Alzheimer’s disease and focus on prevention, rather than most of the trials which unfortunately have not done so well at later stages of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Sperling says the study has been going on since 2014, and results are expected in 2020.

Sperling says the study will cost around $140 million and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Enbridge responds to delay for Line 5 supports

Mackinac-01Enbridge Energy is reacting today to a state decision that delays company plans to install new supports on its Line 5 pipeline.

In June, Enbridge Energy, which owns Line 5, reported four spots that required additional support because of erosion.

The Department of Environmental Quality approved supports for those four spots, but delayed action on 18 others that Enbridge requested.

Environmental groups said they’re hopeful this means the government is getting serious about a line shutdown.

But Michael Barnes, a spokesperson for Enbridge, said that’s not how he sees it.

“We think that we’re all working towards the same thing and that’s to protect the straits and keep energy flowing into Michigan.”

Officials with the DEQ said they will delay a decision on the 18 additional supports until two studies on the risks of the pipeline and alternative ways for transporting the oil are completed. Results of those studies are expected early next year.

Researchers have launched a ten-year project to keep invasives out of the Great Lakes

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Researchers are currently working to develop new technology to let certain fish through a dam – and capture invasive species.

The ten-year project has just begun with researchers brainstorming new ideas for a fish passage system. Continue reading

Flint awarded $12.8 million to replace buses

PUBLIC BUS$12.8 million was awarded to Flint to replace some of the city buses.

Edgar Benning is the General Manager CEO of the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint.

“We are replacing vehicles that are over 20 years old, that have been refurbished and rehabbed to keep them on the road and so we’re replacing vehicles that operated on diesel with compressed natural gas transit coaches.”

Benning says the grant will allow for 23 transit coaches to be replaced.

He says the Mass Transportation Authority in Flint is moving to a 100 percent alternative fuel fleet, and this grant brings them a step closer to that goal.