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

Tags: robots color cameras science-and-technology shapes

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

Tags: covid-19 inflammation lungs white-blood-cells health-and-medicine immune-systems shapes

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

Tags: vision brains science-and-technology shapes perception

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

Tags: vision brains science-and-technology shapes perception

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

Tags: space asteroids science-and-technology shapes

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

Tags: insects agriculture ecosystems spiders earth-and-environment shapes pests

‘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

Tags: artificial-intelligence visual-perception featured science-and-technology shapes

‘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

Tags: machine-learning robots science-and-technology shapes

‘Protein origami’ forms 2D triangles and squares

Thanks to its toughness, "protein origami" could be useful in drug delivery, sensing, or other applications.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Aug. 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science proteins science-and-technology shapes origami

The best nanotube edges have ‘armchairs’ and ‘zigzags’

An odd, two-faced "Janus" edge is more common than previously thought for carbon nanotubes growing on a rigid catalyst, report researchers.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Aug. 1, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: graphene nanotechnology materials-science science-and-technology shapes

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