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Thursday, February 21, 2013

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RESEARCH
Researchers
'find water in
, 1960s moon
samples

BARKING MAD

Finding at odds
with previous
moon theories
By DANIELLE
RAYKHINSHTEYN
Daily Staff Reporter
Your impression of the moon
might just be a mirage.
Geology Prof. Youxue Zhang
is part of a research team that
recently discovered plagioclase
mineral moon rocks that con-
tain up to six parts per million
of water - a finding that could
have much larger implications.
"By the nature of the min-
eral, it should not even have the
very low water concentration,"
Zhangsaid.
Zhang and his team have
been studying plagioclase from
the moon's crust obtained
during the Apollo missions
between 1961 and 1972. These
rocks would have been part of
the Genesis region of the moon.
The finding is important
because, according to the cur-
rent theory of moon formation
- giant impact theory - the
moon formed when hot mete-
ors collided with Earth, form-

ing an ocean of molten lava that
cooled to form the moon. Zhang
said all water should have been
lost in this process.
"Now, when we've found so
much water in the great early
moon, it's difficult to reconcile
with the giant impact hypoth-
esis," he said.
The first detection of water
on the moon occurred in 2008,
but that water was contained in
more recent moon rocks, and
could have been contaminated
by other factors like meteorites
and comets.
"Just in the last couple years
we have been working on this,"
Zhang said. "It's one surprise
after another. It's just very
exciting,"
Hejiu Hui, postdoctoral
research associate at the Uni-
versity of Notre Dame, was the
member of the research team
who pushed for the project. Hui
received his Ph.D. under Zhang
at Michigan.
Hui said it has taken a long
time to make this discovery
because there was no obvious
evidence of any water during
the Apollo missions.
"Through the Apollo mis-
sions, people didn't see any liq-
See MOON, Page 5A

NicHOLASWILLIAMSV/Daily
School of Music, Theater and Dance sophomores Storm Lever and Bebe Browning play with Dr. Tiggs in Pierpont Commons during the CAPS Play Day
Wednesday.
THEME SEMESTER
NIPR host takes on race

Norris heads
project to spark
conversation
By STEPHANIE SHENOUDA
Daily StaffReporter
Inspired by author Ernest
Hemingway, who felt any story
could be told in six words,

National Public Radio host
Michele Norris created the Race
Card Project to get people talk-
ing about the subject of race and
expressing their thoughts in a
single, six-word sentence.
After Norris mentioned the
project in her Martin Luther
King Jr. convocation speech
last year, the University asked
Norris to bring the project to
campus. As part of the theme

semester, "Understanding
Race," University members con-
tinue to submit cards online to
the University's contribution to
the project.
Norris said in an interview
with the Daily that she was
inspired to create a race-orient-
ed project after examining the
theme in her family history.
"I wrote a book in 2011, and it
was about my family history and

the secrets that the people who
raised me kept," Norris said. "I
knew from then on I would be
engaged in a conversation about
race, but I thought combining
my personal experiences with
other people's would be differ-
ent."
The race cards were initially
intended to be a "vehicle" for
getting people to talk, but they
See RACE, Page SA

Az BUSINESS
Vegan
cart to
shed its
wheels
The Lunch Box to
leave Mark's Carts
for new space
By ASHWINI NATRAJAN
Daily StaffReporter
Fans of vegan food cart The
Lunch Room will soon be able to
enjoy their fare indoors.
The Lunch Room is making
the transition from the food-
cart courtyard, Mark's Carts, to
a permanent restaurant in Ker-
rytown, replacing the recently
closed Yamato restaurant at 403
N. Fifth Avenue.
The restaurant is set to open
in June and will serve lunch and
dinner five days a week, break-
fast on Ann Arbor Farmer's Mar-
ket days and brunch on Sundays.
Owners Phillis Engelbert and
See LUNCH, Page SA

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
New Facebook game
teaches players about
healthful habits

NICHOLAS WILLIAMS/Daily
Oncology Prof. Max Wicha, director of the University of Michigan Health System's Comprehensive Cancer Center,
speaks on Wednesday as part of a new lecture series.
Oncologist highlights need
to crack cancer ste-m cells

FriendsLearn sees
value merging games
and education
By STEVEN YENG
Daily StaffReporter
A group of University stu-
dents and an alum have devel-
oped a unique way to combat
social problems. FriendsLearn,
a startup company based in Sili-
con Valley aims to use a game to
educate people on global issues.
Friendslearn was founded by
Bhargav Sri Prakash, an engi-
neer who earned his master's
degree in automotive engineer-
ing from the University in 2000.
Engineering juniors Andy Lee
and Josh Kim joined the compa-
ny after encountering Prakash
at the University's 2011 Startup
Weekend. Lee and Kim now
serve as the director of tech-
nology and creative director of
FriendsLearn, respectively.
"We went there with our own
idea, but our pitch was declined
... and Bhargav pitched his idea

and said he was going to merge
games with education, and we
thought 'Wow, what a great
idea."' Lee said.
After hearing Prakash's pitch,
Lee and Kim came up with the
concept of Fooya that weekend.
Fooya, a third-person shooter
game in which the players use
food as weapons, aims to edu-
cate players on obesity and the
global-health crisis.
"At (MPowered) startup
weekend, we had two topics in
our head: education and gam-
ing. So we thought, 'Why don't
we combine something that we
all like?' For example, food and.
gaming, how can we possibly
put them together and make it
fun, and people can play it and
get something out of it?" Kim
said.
The pair found a way to con-
nect the areas of interest, and
their pitch for Fooya earned
third place at Startup Weekend
2011.
"After the competition, Bhar-
gav called us again a couple of
months later and asked us if we
See GAME, Page SA

First lecture
in new health
sciences series
By STEPHANIE DILWORTH
DailyStaffReporter
On Wednesday, Oncology
Prof. Max Wicha, director of
the University of Michigan

Health System's Comprehen-
sive Cancer Center, gave a
lecture entitled "Cancer stem
cells: A new frontier in cancer
research," the first in the Uni-
versity's Health Science Lec-
ture Series sponsored by the
Taubman Institute, the Pro-
gram in Biology and several
student organizations.
The lecture series aims to
inform the public of impor-

tant health information from
University experts in medi-
cal and life science. Wicha's
lecture focused on the theory
that cancers are driven by cells.
with stem-cell properties. He
is optimistic that understand-
ing the intricacies of cancer
stem cells will aid cancer treat-
ments.
"In order to eradicate can-
See HEALTH, Page 5A

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