MDOT and Michigan State Police announce freeway and non-freeway corridors selected for speed limit increases

LANSING, Mich. — In accordance with new state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan State Police (MSP) have identified 900 miles of non-freeway state highways for speed limit increases to 65 mph, and 600 miles of freeway for speed limit increases to 75 mph. Select freeway routes will have increased speed limits posted beginning May 1. Public Act 445, passed by the state Legislature in late 2016, tasked the two agencies with increasing speed limits on some state highways and freeways based on 85th-percentile speeds (the speedRead More

EARTHTALK — Conventional Agriculture: Far From A Green Revolution

Dear EarthTalk: Even though pesticides may take an environmental toll, isn’t it worth it given how many more mouths we can feed thanks to their use? —Mickey Jurowski, Palatine, IL The advent of new technologies coming out of World War II led agricultural researchers to start experimenting with new classes of chemicals they could use to boost agricultural production. As human populations swelled, these “advances” were applied around the world so farmers could grow more food to feed the hungry masses and stave off widespread famine. This transition from essentiallyRead More

25 Things I Learned from Social Media Superstar Jake Paul’s book “You Gotta Want It”

Jake Paul is a social media superstar. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Jake and his brother, Logan, rose to fame after posting funny videos on Vine. Shortly after, he gained millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Then, he moved to Los Angeles to take on Hollywood. Look for him on the Disney Channel series “Bizaardvark.” Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @jakepaul; on Snapchat: jakepaul1; and on Facebook: jakepaul. I picked up a copy of his latest novel, “You Gotta Want It” at my localRead More

PHOTOS: “From Swing to Hip-Hop: A Photographic History of Music Performance at the University of Michigan”

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the University of Michigan for their Bicentennial Celebration. In this gallery, look for photos from the exhibit “From Swing to Hip-Hop: A Photographic History of Music Performance at the University of Michigan” on display inside the Michigan Union. Music has always been an integral part of life in Ann Arbor and at the university. This exhibit explores how Wolverines and others have employed music for a range of purposes, from embracing a common creative past to fomenting political or artistic rebellion. The images are drawnRead More

Friday’s New CD/Album Releases for 4/28

Look for these new CDs/albums to hit store shelves on Friday, April 28, 2017: All That Remains Madness Anamai What Mountain BNQT Volume 1 [Midlake, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and Travis’ Fran Healy] Bruce Robison Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band Colin Stetson All This I Do For Glory: Feist Pleasure Figure Walking The Big Other [Greg MacPherson & Rob Gardiner] Gorillaz Humanz JMSN Whatever Makes U Happy John Mellencamp Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Juliana Hatfield Pussycat Kasabian For Crying OutRead More

Students From The Great Lakes Region Head To Make The Future Festival This Week To See Innovation In Action

DETROIT  — Approximately 12,000 students from more than 80 schools in the greater Detroit area will head to Detroit’s Cobo Center later this week to explore the future of energy during a STEM-focused school tour to Make the Future Detroit, featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The festival, which is free of charge and will take place April 27 – 30, 2017, will celebrate bright energy ideas that will inspire current and future energy solutions, offering free virtual reality experiences and hands-on science experiments for an expected crowd of more than 20,000 visitorsRead More

PHOTOS: Zac Efron & the Cast of “BAYWATCH” Hosted the First SlowMo Marathon

On April 22nd, the world was introduced to an evolution in the field of sport…Zac Efron & the Cast of “BAYWATCH” Hosted the First SlowMo Marathon. Members of the original T.V. show cast joined in on the fun too! A marathon, but a marathon like no other. The Baywatch SlowMoMarathon – A grueling 0.3km that must be run entirely in slow motion. “BAYWATCH” follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future ofRead More

Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

Every Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: What actor was originally supposed to play the lead role of Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie adaptation, but backed out before filming began? “It was red and yellow and green and brown, and scarlet and black and ochre and peach…” What item are these words describing? Who were Betty Grissom, Rene Carpenter, Louise Shepard, Trudy Cooper, Marjorie Slayton,Read More

U-M engineering students construct life-size Rubik’s Cube

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Three University of Michigan mechanical engineering students built a giant 1,500-pound Rubik’s Cube. The life-size version of the popular toy is on display on the university’s North Campus. The idea was first proposed by a group of students on Pi Day (3.14) in 2014. Three years later, the cube is complete on the second floor of the G.G. Brown Building. “The original team was playing with a Rubik’s Cube trying to think of a senior design project,” said Ryan Kuhn, a mechanical engineering student at U-M.Read More

PHOTOS: 2017 MI Earth Day Fest in downtown Rochester, MI

AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo were LIVE at the 2017 MI Earth Day Fest in downtown Rochester, Mich. This high-profile community event highlights the efforts of area businesses and community organizations to Make Earth Day Matter.  The festival offers a wide variety of exhibits, attractions and activities. It featured dozens of green/wellness products, services & program exhibits, displays of vehicles & renewable energy systems, Food & Farm areas with local & organic products & food service along with free samples, giveaways and show specials. Other activities included dancing and live music entertainment, a WholeRead More