Models that mimic bug brains shed light on smell

Researchers have created a model of the brain that may clarify how the sense of smell actually works. It also mirrors insect brains.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
today ~3 min

Tags: insects brains senses science-and-technology smells

Venom-spitting dinosaur wasn’t actually like ‘Jurassic Park’

"It's pretty much the best, worst-known dinosaur. Until this study, nobody knew what Dilophosaurus looked like or how it evolved."

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils bones science-and-technology movies

Method makes plastic transparent and conductive

A method to make plastic conductive and more transparent could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: light materials-science science-and-technology plastics

How mezcal bubbles reveal its booze level

Artisanal makers of mezcal use tiny bubbles to determine when the alcohol level is right. Fluid dynamics researchers investigated how it works.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics alcohol food science-and-technology bubbles liquids

AI for self-driving cars doesn’t account for crime

AI for self-driving cars may need fixes to deal with ethical gaps. Namely, what happens if people triy to use an automated vehicle to do something bad?

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: crime artificial-intelligence ethics science-and-technology society-and-culture vehicles self-driving-cars

Dying star ashes hold clues to carbon in Milky Way

New research sheds light on how and when stars in our galaxy made carbon, "ending up within the raw material from which the sun and its planetary system..."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space carbon stars science-and-technology white-dwarfs

Filter protects against deepfake photos and videos

Adding a protective filter to videos or photos people upload online could prevent them being turned into "deepfakes" that alter their meaning.

Jeremy Schwab-Boston University • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning social-media internet video algorithms featured science-and-technology images

Flex material may lead to cooling clothes

Nanotubes may lead to cooling clothing. "Instead of heating or cooling a whole dwelling or space, you would heat or cool the personal space..."

Laura Oleniacz-UNC • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: nanotechnology temperature fabric science-and-technology clothing

Nanogaps between gold electrodes emit lots of light

Physicists have observed surprisingly strong light and high heat from nanogaps between plasmonic electrodes, particularly those made of gold.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nanotechnology light gold science-and-technology plasmons

Jellyfish robot outswims the real thing

A new kind of soft robot gets its moves from jellyfish. But the robots can outpace the real-life ocean animals by a fair bit.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots swimming biomimicry featured science-and-technology speed

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