To boost crop yield, plant in a pattern

When farmers sow wheat, maize, soy and other crops in more uniform spatial patterns, higher yields and fewer weeds are possible, a new study shows.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: agriculture food earth-and-environment patterns

Algorithm for fish stripes clarifies patterns in nature

A new algorithm could help scientists better understand how zebrafish get their stripes, as well as how other patterns in nature self-assemble.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: fish algorithms self-assembly science-and-technology patterns pigments

Turing pattern explains coffee farm ants, leopard spots

"The same equations that Turing used for chemistry, we can use in ecology." Here's how they apply to the complex ecosystems on coffee farms.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: insects agriculture coffee ants ecosystems science-and-technology patterns

Why A.I. trained to recognize giraffe torsos

Images of giraffes demonstrate how machine learning can make it easier to identify specific animals in wildlife photos.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence conservation science-and-technology earth-and-environment images patterns

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