Category Archives: Technology

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


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.

One of the most extensive fishery surveys in the Great Lakes region is currently underway

10e2078f0f45da21f10ead596d5ca441Three vessels are sailing Lake Michigan using sonar technology to survey prey fish.

The objective of the survey is threefold; to forecast whether fish numbers are growing or shrinking, to understand how predator fish numbers may be effected, and to prepare fishing markets for potential changes in fish populations. Continue reading

New product could help fight invasive mussels

DSC_0697Zebra and Quagga mussels have wreaked havoc on the Great Lakes ecosystem by almost completely removing the tiniest plants and animals that are essential to the food chain.

Now researchers will test a new product that could hold the key to taking the ecosystem back.

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‘On The Map’ visits FSU students to learn about transitions in technology


Our latest “On The Map” series brings us around the state to learn about transitions involving people, animals, and technology.

It’s no secret that Pokemon Go has taken over the app market.

“I wish I would have bought Nintendo stock about a week and a half ago because it has gone up about 60 percent which I think I saw it as a 15 billion dollar increase in their stock in one week.”

That’s David Baker. He’s the Program Coordinator of the Digital Animation and Game Design Program at Ferris State University. Continue reading