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On the Trail of the Ghost Planet

At this very moment in the outermost region of the solar system, in a distant ring of dwarf planets and icy detritus known as the Kuiper Belt, there’s an object that isn’t acting quite right. Its name, 2015 BP519, is not all that exciting. But the nature of its orbit,...

The Hidden Cost of Energy Poverty

For millions of Americans, it isn’t enough to have a roof over their heads. They struggle to find the means to adequately heat or cool the places they call home, and that—particularly in households with elderly family members or small children—leaves them vulnerable...

Q&A with Rackham Dean Mike Solomon

What do you see as Rackham’s greatest strength, both for students and for the programs with whom Rackham works? Mike Solomon: Rackham’s greatest strength is its sole focus on graduate students and the centrality of their experience to the University of Michigan and...

The Shape of Things to Overcome

Esmé Weijun Wang is an accomplished writer for whom the journey to accomplishment has been heavily defined by her experiences with illness. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, grew out of her thesis project at U-M and explores the impact of a character's...