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Toyota to build driveless vehicle R&D site in Ann Arbor

Autonomous vehicle research is all the rage, and Toyota is getting in on the action with a new R&D center in Ann Arbor.

What computer games can teach us about urban planning

In what may be one of our favorite articles about urban planning, The Atlantic writer Daniel Hertz looks at what computer games say about American attitudes about urban planning.

How to make a walkable neighborhood more walkable

Not all walkable neighborhoods are created equal. Liz Callin, a policy associate at the Michigan Environmental Council, offers up five ways walkable neighborhoods can be made more walkable.

Are urban planners ready for driverless cars? No.

A University of Pennsylvania researcher perused the plans of the 25 largest metro planning organizations and found that 24 don't even mention self-driving cars in their future. 

Football helmet designed at U-M may decrease head injuries

Concussions and other head injuries are a major concern for football players. Researchers at U-M are responding with the development of a more shock-absorbing helmet system.

U-M researchers are developing injectable radios

U-M researchers are developing implantable radios. That could mean big advances in medical devices like pacemakers and health monitoring sensors.

What about donating solar power to Michigan non-profits?

Dave Strenski of Ypsi Solar has come up with a great idea - donating solar power to your favorite nonprofit! Not only are you investing in that organization's future, you are promoting sustainability and helping to bring down installation costs by engaging with the green economy.

Ann Arbor Coherix teams with Chinese firm, lands $12M in investment

The world just gets smaller and smaller and smaller. Ann Arbor's Coherix has taken on a Chinese investor to the une of $12M to help market their current technology and develop more products for their target industries.

Siemens chooses Ann Arbor as "Center for Intelligent Traffic Technology"

Siemens has been using Ann Arbor as a guinea pig for traffic flow management research, and now intends to expand its program to include more than 50 local intersections.

U-M classes inspire local government careers

Students at the University of Michigan are taking classes that foster both inspiration and insight into the practical application of public service. The result for some has been a new career in local politics. 

Stockholm institutes "reverse congestion dividends"

In an effort to fight congestion, cities aren't just charging auto users more (something american cities would do well to consider) but also creating financial incentives for commuting cyclists.

 

Ann Arbor-based LLamasoft grows business and jobs

How do we know that LLamasoft is burning economic rubber? Well, first, it was named to the Deloitte 2015 Technology
Fast 500 for the fourth consecutive year. Second, it's currently looking to add 20 new employees.

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LLamasoft has been on a relatively fast growth track, according to company officials. It added 75 employees last year and expects to do the same by the end of this year. In each of the last three years, LLamasoft has ranked as the fastest-growing supply chain software company in the Deloitte Fast 500 list of North American technology companies.

Read the rest here.

The company will hold a career fair from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 19  at its headquarters at 201 S. Main St.

Ann Arbor libraries are on the cutting edge of innovation

The rise of the Internet culture has challenged libraries across the nation to rethink their role in the community. Luckily, the Ann Arbor Library is on the cutting edge of this thinking, evolving its mission and offerings in exciting and unconventional ways.

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The Ann Arbor District Library has been adding to its voluminous collection of circulating science equipment. It offers telescopes, portable digital microscopes and backyard bird cameras, among other things — items that many patrons cannot afford to buy. Dave Menzo, a 28-year-old musician, created a whole album by borrowing electronic music equipment, including a photocell-controlled synthesizer called a Thingamagoop.

Read the rest here.

Ghostly Records featured in NY Times

We here at Concentrate have long sung the praises of Ghostly Records, which was founded by U-M alum Sam Valenti. Heck, they even provided us with music for our videos. Now, the New York Times' business section is finally noticing this cooler-than-cool company.

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"A diversified product line can be a smart survival strategy in a struggling business, which the music industry continues to be 16 years after Napster shattered the highly profitable model of selling CDs. But according to Sam Valenti IV, Ghostly’s founder, the nonmusical goods that it sells are not a hedge against declining record sales. Music, he said, is profitable and by far Ghostly’s biggest product."

Read the rest here.

U-M fellow comes close to living trash-free

Darshan Karwat is a post-doc at the University of Michigan. Aware that the average American generats nearly 1500 pounds of trash a year he set out to minimize his impact... and succeeded, reducing his annual trash output to roughly six pounds.

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"In many ways, though, my life didn’t change much. I had grown up in a humble setting in India, where I was accustomed to consuming as little as possible. I was a member of the People’s Food Co-op in Ann Arbor, where I bought my produce unpackaged. Most of my waste came from food packaging, so anything I could do to limit it reduced my trash and recycling significantly. I bought bread from the bakery, gave up most cheeses and drank milk only when it came in reusable bottles. Even though I seldom bought new gizmos or clothes, I stopped buying them entirely for this project, because I knew creating them, transporting them and selling them at retailers generated plenty of upstream waste. If I thought I really needed something, like a new mug or hoodie, I’d wait a week before buying it. And then I’d wait another week. Turns out I never bought those things, which means I never needed them. I had enough already. Compared with the way so many others live, it wasn’t much of a hardship."

Read the rest here.
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