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Did you point your telescope at the sun in time to catch Mercury making its 12-year pass on Monday? If so, hopefully you had a sun filter. Some folks got a free chance to look at it right from the streets of downtown.  

“And when you look through there you will see the disk of the sun and Mercury, right now, is currently in the lower-left-hand portion of the disk, it’s a tiny, little, black dot.”

Hilary Farrell

West Michigan officials say robotics programs boost student engagement in engineering and science – as well as other skills.

Sarah Jespersen, Vered Heidenfeld and Ruby Taylor are sixth graders at C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy. And right now, they’re introducing Carl.

"He’s our FTC robot."

"He has four motors, one controlling each wheel." 

"And there’s two phones that talk to each other basically through WiFi direct, that tell him what to do basically. And it’s really cool because - I mean, they’re phones."

The Republican-controlled state Senate has approved legislation to make it illegal to pay someone to distribute or sell fetal tissue in Michigan.

Senators approved the pair of bills Wednesday in a 26-10 vote along party lines.

Democrats say such payments already are illegal.

Republican bill sponsor Phil Pavlov of St. Clair told fellow lawmakers that the bills send a strong message that "baby parts are not for sale in Michigan."

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A $3 million gift is helping the University of Michigan start a fund to help bring potential developments in the engineering and medical research fields to market.

The Ann Arbor school's Board of Regents on Thursday approved the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund, which is a collaboration between the university's College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship and the Medical School's Fast Forward Medical Innovation program.

The gift is from the Monroe-Brown Foundation.

Is water diversion Waukesha’s only option?

WGVU takes a closer look at the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact legal requirements?

“The Great Lakes Compact consists as an agreement of the eight Great Lakes states that prevents large exports of water outside of the basin.”

But as Alan Steinman, Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University points out there were two exceptions placed within the compact one of which allows Waukesha, which straddles the basin, to apply for an exemption.

A Michigan high school in Croswell is offering a taxidermy course for the first time, and it's a big hit.

Sixty students enrolled in its first two sections, and about a dozen had to be turned away.

Each student in the class is asked to bring in an animal that he or she hunted, trapped or found dead.

Road kill counts.

In Mieyah Brenton's case, the red-bellied woodpecker the senior worked on was a gift from the family cat.

According to Brenton, a lot of people think the class is gross.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A newly released study says hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron shoreline are at risk of contamination if oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac rupture.

The report by the University of Michigan Water Center is based on 840 computer simulations of possible spills from twin lines that run across the floor of the straits linking Michigan's two peninsulas.

They are owned by the Canadian company Enbridge, which says they've never leaked and remain in good shape. Environmentalists are pushing to have them removed.

Grand Valley State University will play host to the “Varsity sport for the mind” in a couple days. 

The 'For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology', or 'FIRST' Robotics District Competition will take place in the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus, March 24 through 26.  President Haas will provide opening remarks. 

“It’s kind of like rock concert, meets Sweet 16 basketball, meets NASCAR, all in one place and the excitement level is just incredible.”

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University of Michigan researchers have started a $9.2 million effort to combat a bug that can take hold in the gut after antibiotics kill off other bacteria.

The school announced Wednesday a five-year effort funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health that's part of a broader fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The funding for the university will be used to accelerate research into C-diff, the Clostridium difficile bacteria that causes severe diarrhea.

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Got an idea for medical research?

The University of Michigan wants to hear about it.

The university has launched wellspringboard.org as an online place to submit an idea and post a brief video. Once posted, the public will have an opportunity to vote.

Ideas getting a certain number of votes will be eligible for research money from U of M.

Anyone can donate to a project through a secure online site.

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