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U-M Kellog Eye Center implants first bionic eye

<Insert Bionic Man sound effects here> Last month surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center implanted the very first bionic eye in patients with  late stage Retinitis Pigmentosa.
 
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"The device is implanted in one eye. The patient wears glasses with a camera that converts images into electrical pulses that go to the retina.
 
It won't completely restore a person's vision, but it's giving people who can't see some hope."
 
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Ann Arbor singer competes on American Idol

Local singer/songstress Keri Lynn Roche made a play for the git TV show last after auditioning in Chicago. This year, she got the "golden ticket" during the Detroit auditions. Can she go the distance. Time will telll...
 
Listen to a musical sample of her pipes by clicking the video.
 
 

Did you know Ann Arbor has a Dinnerware Museum?

Okay, we knew about the reptile museum. And, of course, the kids museum, dinosaur museum, art museum and even the fire engine museum in Ypsilanti. But this one was a new one to us. And it took our friends in Toledo to draw our attention to it.
 
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"Established in 2012 by art historian and dinnerware guru, Dr. Margaret Carney, The Dinnerware Museum holds more than a thousand international pieces in a permanent collection. Nostalgic pieces from Grandma’s table; celebrity place settings of Liberace and Henry Ford and familiar pieces that made designers famous."
 
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Michigan's URC gets A+ for talent, 'Needs Improvement' for startup creation

A five-year study from the Anderson Economic Group gives mixed grade to University Research Corridor, a research partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. While it placed high in many categories it came in dead last in tech transfer and next to last in when it came to creating startups.
 
Some might see that as a black-eye. We see it as room to grow.
 
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"However, the URC had a strong showing in other categories against the other clusters, which included North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, California’s two Innovation Hubs and Massachusetts’ Route 128 Corridor. In fact, the URC placed first in talent production and fourth in research and development spending."
 
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Visions of driverless cars in Ann Arbor

The prediction: 2,000 driverless vehicles on Ann Arbor roads within eight years. Mark my words, this may be the most culturally revolutionary innovation since the Internet. And we're ground zero!
 
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"The university has already started to make this a reality. For the last two years, Sayer has been leading a project called Safety Pilot that includes 2,800 volunteers from Ann Arbor who agreed to outfit their own cars with wireless radio communications devices that can “talk” to traffic signals at 25 intersections. The cars can also receive warnings when they are going too fast around certain curves.
 
By the time the 18-month project, done in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation, is finished in a few months, Sayer estimates it will have collected 12 billion wireless transmissions from the volunteer vehicles--each broadcasting 10 times a second."
 
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A love of books begat a marriage begat Literati Bookstore

No, it's not the plot line of a some old timey literary romance. But there is literature. And there is romance. And the result is that Ann Arbor got a very cool bookstore.
 
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"Sitting in a cozy café, a swirl of snow outside the ?frost-glazed windows and this young couple across the table from me, I suddenly feel as though I’ve stumbled into a Nora Ephron movie. The casting and plot are spot-on: Attractive, intellectual twentysomethings—of the earnest, nonhipster variety—fall for each other via an epistolary romance. Cue the film montage: Gustafson arrives in Manhattan a few months later, he and Lowe spend a romantic fall dating in New York City, and the following year they move in together. In November 2011 they get engaged (close-up of the ring), in July 2012 they move to Ann Arbor with the sole purpose of opening a bookstore together (long shot of a U-Haul on the highway heading west), and in January 2013 they sign a lease and begin construction (dial up the sounds of saws and hammers)."
 
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Why STROADs are bad for our community

It's a business-lined street. It's a fast lane road. It's two good ideas combined into one terrible outcome. While Metro Detroit is filled with stroads, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are far from immune. Ahem, wwe're looking at you Plymouth Rd, Washtenaw Ave and part of Stadium Avenue.
 
Learn what a stroad is by watching the video.
 
 
For more analysis click here.
 
 

Nomadic artist inspired by Ann Arbor

Helen Gotlib lives the snowbird life in reverse. During the winter she nests in Ann Arbor's wintery climate then come summer hits the road, traveling from one ARt Fair to the next.
 
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"A graduate of the University of Michigan’s art school, Gotlib studied printmaking and medical illustration, and landed a gig doing medical illustrations for an orthopedic news publication. She decided the commercial art thing wasn’t for her and decided to take a swing at being a full-time fine artist. 
 
“My last semester, [my boyfriend and I] said, ‘Wouldn’t it be kinda cool to just go around the country and just do art fairs for a summer?’” Gotlib says. “So we did that and we were like, ‘Oh, wait, we can actually make a living doing that,’ and, 10 years later, that’s still what we’re doing.”"
 
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Michigan Daily columnist urges students to explore region

It's too easy for students at the University of Michigan to get trapped in the Ann Arbor bubble. Michigan Daily Columnist Alexander Hermann wants them to burst it and explore everything Metro Detroit has to offer, ranging from enjoying Middle Eastern food in Dearborn to tracking down award-winning breweries in Oakland and Macomb counties.

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“Fortunately, the city of Dearborn, with the highest concentrated Arab American community in the United Sates, is just forty minutes east of Ann Arbor. The crucial stop is Shatila Bakery on Warren Avenue that serves Middle Eastern pastries, cakes, coffee and even its own brand of ice cream. From there, you can simply just Yelp your way to Lebanese food better than anything served in Ann Arbor. That strategy paid off for my last time in Dearborn, as I enjoyed Al-Ameer restaurant leftovers, just a couple blocks from Shatila, for days after eating there for the first time over break.”

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Ann Arbor app developer makes Forbes' "30 Under 30"

Jesse Vollmar is the co-founder and CEO of Ann Arbor-based FarmLogs, software that helps farmers with risk management by monitoring crops, weather and business variables. Its product is used in every state of the U.S. and over 120 countries worldwide. He's one of Forbes entrepreneurs to watch.
 
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"Vollmar grew up on his family's fifth-generation farm in Michigan and started a successful IT consulting business with classmate Brad Koch while still in high school. "
 
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Ann Arbor invention one to watch at Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show

Think Google Glass is tearing at the fabric of society wait til you get ahold of The Glyph, which is being developed by Michigan startup Avegant Corp. If they figure out a way to integrate it with XBox and Playstation all kids need is an IV drip and a chamber pot and they need never leave the couch again.
 
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"“It’s screen-less technology,” he told MarketWatch in a private demo. “The image is projected directly to your retina. We are able to mimic your natural vision.”
 
The device is geared toward common everyday mobile uses, from watching videos, browsing the Web to holding videoconferences. It is meant to work with a range of devices from laptops to iPhones to tablets.
 
Unlike Google Glass, which is based on glance-able technology aimed at providing information to the user quickly or for short-term viewing, the Glyph is for longer-term, more engaged media consumption."
 
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Travel & Food Writer says you MUST eat in Ann Arbor

Zingermans, artisanal beer, downtown and football all make the list of reasons to vsisit A2. And Vellum gets singled out as "the epitome of where Ann Arbor's dining scene is headed."
 
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"Perhaps it's the fact that Michigan is one of the country's most agriculturally diverse states. Regardless, in the last five years this city has come into its own culinarily. Some even say, after Chicago, it's the dining capitol of the midwest."
 
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Downtown Ann Arbor loft induces house envy

If you're going to live in downtwon Ann Arbor and you've got the bucks, you might as well live in taste and style, eh?
 
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"The structure is a 1920s office building in downtown Ann Arbor that has served as a livery stable, a title firm and a bank. As proof it still has three vaults. One vault is a wine cellar now, one’s a half-bath, and one holds the office’s computer network. Laura and Bill Schlecte added a third floor to the original two, then converted this all to a live-work building.
 
The whole building is for sale at $1,899,000. It can also be split — $499,000 for the commercial office and $1.4 million for the loft."
 
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Aunt Agatha Mystery Bookstore wins mysterious Raven Award

It's a mystery to the owners of Aunt Agatha's Mystery Book Store how they won the 2014 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
 
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"Word arrived a few days ago that Aunt Agatha’s had claimed the honor, given each year for accomplishments not related to writing.
 
Chances are it was for nurturing authors like Steve Hamilton, the University of Michigan grad whose bleak and brilliant Michigan-based novels are the store’s top sellers."
 
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How to engineer a safer street

With all the recent rancor and politics surrounding pedestrian safety ordinances, here's an interesting break down of what makes a street safer for everyone involved.
 
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"In the past decade or so, New York has seen a considerable decline in traffic fatalities (30 percent since 2001) and an even more dramatic decrease in the risk of serious injury among cyclists (72 percent since 2000). At the heart of these public safety achievements is better street design. City streets are far from perfect, but as officials have reduced space for cars, they've improved mobility for everyone."
 
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