Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Other states are testing remote grand juries, civil juries, and simulated criminal juries.“I think jury trials where some portion is conducted via teleconference is far from theoretical,” said Thomas Boyd, the administrator of the Michigan state court system, whose office is conducting a pilot using the videoconference system Polycom.

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

Up until this point, researchers have succeeded in giving amputees control over robotic hands by measuring nerve activity in the residual limb.“Patients get this big ball of nerves called a neuroma,” says University of Michigan plastic surgeon Paul Cederna, who co-developed this new system.

Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Video: The University of Electro-Communications; The University of Michigan When they used a 60 milliwatt laser to "speak" commands to 16 different smart speakers, smartphones, and other voice activated devices, they found that almost all of the smart speakers registered the commands from 164 feet away, the maximum distance they tested.

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Unchecked capitalism is driving the Amazon fire, YouTube is making everyone mad, and experts have found the next Flint, Michigan.Fires in the Amazon aren't new, but there's a reason the most recent ones have been so devastating : capitalism.

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Election Systems Are Even More Vulnerable Than We Thought

But a group of security researchers told Motherboard this week they found what look like election infrastructure online in 10 states, including swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

“We need to have process representation to understand these mechanisms,” says Eric Kort, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Michigan, “so we can say, for example, with certain changes to temperature and the hydrological cycle, we’d expect methane emissions to increase by X amount.” Without that understanding, Kort suggests, we’re unable to answer some important questions about what looms ahead.

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

The Punishing Polar Vortex Is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

University of Michigan “We thought the walking would be limited by the duration of the battery outdoors,” Grizzle says. (Very Game of Thrones , by the way, all the fire and now ice.) “We all want to use robots in conditions where people could be at risk,” Grizzle says.

Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold

Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold

Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold Denis Kozhevnikov/TASS/Getty Images Across the Midwest today, hundreds of schools and businesses are closed, dozens of flights and trains have been canceled, and the governors of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan have declared states of emergency as a bone-chilling, breath-taking Polar Vortex bears down on the region.

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

Wolverine’s suit says 3M made money by “actively concealing information regarding potential environmental risks known only to 3M.” The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Michigan District Court.

Flood detection is a surprising capability of microsatellites mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Flood detection is a surprising capability of microsatellites mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"When I saw the first land images of inland water bodies, I was amazed at their quality," said Chris Ruf, CYGNSS's principal investigator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The CYGNSS satellites measure wind speed by determining how choppy the water is from a microwave signal bounced off the ocean surface.