‘ArtEmis’ AI spots emotions in paintings

A new algorithm called ArtEmis can scan paintings and explain the emotion they convey, researchers report. It could improve the way computers "see."

Stanford • futurity
March 29, 2021 ~6 min

Lasers show how ‘turbulent dynamos’ create huge magnetic fields

A new study sheds light on a once-elusive phenomenon known as a "turbulent dynamo," an astrophysical process that amplifies magnetic fields.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
March 26, 2021 ~5 min

Soft dragonfly robot skims water to spot environmental problems

A new kind of soft robot that looks like a dragonfly and doesn't use any electronics could hunt for signs that indicate environmental changes in water.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
March 26, 2021 ~8 min

Diamond ‘panini press’ mimics carbonate in lower mantle

"What we were interested in is, when is carbon not diamond?" Finding the answer involves something called a diamond anvil cell.

Michigan State • futurity
March 25, 2021 ~7 min

New image sheds light on energy jets from black holes

A new picture that showcases the magnetic fields of a black hole will help us understand more about the massive energy jets they can fire off into space.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~5 min

Team pinpoints what makes fruit flies champion fliers

A complex network of wing, muscle, and nervous system genes give fruit flies what it takes to become champion fliers.

Corrie Pikul-Brown • futurity
March 23, 2021 ~6 min

COVID-19 stymied young kids’ reading skills

Following school closures in spring 2020 due to COVID-19, children's reading fluency in the US is roughly 30% behind what's expected in a typical year.

Carrie Spector-Stanford • futurity
March 22, 2021 ~9 min

Loopy bird lungs make them the better breathers

Birds breathe with greater efficiency than humans due to the structure of their lungs: looped airways that facilitate air flows that go in one direction.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
March 19, 2021 ~5 min

Lamprey fossils may rewrite history of vertebrate evolution

Newly found fossils of different stages in the life cycle of the ancient lamprey may upend our ideas about the origins of vertebrates.

Alison Caldwell - U. Chicago • futurity
March 19, 2021 ~6 min

Lightning may have paved way for life on Earth

How did life on Earth start? Researchers say it could've been billions and billions of lightning strikes unleashing the planet's phosphorus.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
March 18, 2021 ~5 min