With heat, flat polymer folds into satellite ‘dish’

Creating satellites that could travel flat and transform themselves into a dish shape would make space exploration easier, say researchers.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Feb. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Team builds colloidal diamonds, ‘Holy Grail’ of photonics

Creating colloidal diamonds, a long-awaited photonic technique, could change the development and use of optical technologies over the next decade.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Color camera teaches kitchen robots to grab clear stuff

Kitchen robots can do a lot of things but picking up a clear or shiny object remains the things of robot nightmares. A color camera may solve the problem.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

Could tiny ‘distracting’ rods save COVID-19 patients?

White blood cells called neutrophils may be central to the immune system overreaction that can kill COVID-19 patients. Could rod-shaped particles help?

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~6 min

Nope, you don’t see the world objectively

You can't separate your subjective experience of an object from the way you perceive it, a study finds. That means we don't see objects as they really are.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Nope, you don’t see the world objectively

You can't separate your subjective experience of an object from the way you perceive it, a study finds. That means we don't see objects as they really are.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Collision may explain asteroid Bennu’s ‘spinning top’ shape

Simulations may solve the mystery of why some asteroids like Bennu have a "spinning top" shape. The work points to the origins of these kinds of asteroids.

U. Arizona • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tiny pest-eaters benefit from smaller farm fields

"...natural enemies can be more abundant when agricultural landscapes are made up of smaller farm fields." Natural enemies mean fewer pests eating crops.

U. Michigan • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~3 min

‘Skeletons’ are key to quick object recognition

The skeletal shapes of objects—picture a stick figure—is a key tool to help us in object recognition.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Aug. 21, 2019 ~5 min

‘MacGyver’ robot builds tools with what’s on hand

A new robot can make tools from separate parts by reasoning about shape, function, and how they can fit together—a technique known as "MacGyvering."

David Mitchell-GaTech • futurity
Aug. 15, 2019 ~4 min

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