Rapid adaptation of deep learning teaches drones to survive any weather

Journal Reference: Michael O’Connell, Guanya Shi, Xichen Shi, Kamyar Azizzadenesheli, Anima Anandkumar, Yisong Yue, Soon-Jo Chung. Neural-Fly enables rapid learning for agile flight in strong winds. Science Robotics, 2022; 7 (66) DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.abm6597 Right now, drones are either flown under controlled conditions, with no wind, or are operated by humans using remote controls. Drones have … Read more

How Does Ben Affleck Survive All These Flops?

How Does Ben Affleck Survive All These Flops

Last week, we were blessed with Deep Water, the Adrian Lyne–directed “psycho” “sexual” “thriller” starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. It is, by all accounts, a real movie that exists and has a runtime and everything, though that acknowledgment is about as kind as critics are willing to be. The internet was not much … Read more

Mammals put brawn before brains to survive post-dinosaur world

Journal Reference: Ornella C. Bertrand, Sarah L. Shelley, Thomas E. Williamson, John R. Wible, Stephen G. B. Chester, John J. Flynn, Luke T. Holbrook, Tyler R. Lyson, Jin Meng, Ian M. Miller, Hans P. Püschel, Thierry Smith, Michelle Spaulding, Z. Jack Tseng, Stephen L. Brusatte. Brawn before brains in placental mammals after the end-Cretaceous extinction. … Read more

Toxoplasma parasites manipulate brain cells to survive

Journal Reference: Simona Seizova, Ushma Ruparel, Alexandra L. Garnham, Stefanie M. Bader, Alessandro D. Uboldi, Michael J. Coffey, Lachlan W. Whitehead, Kelly L. Rogers, Christopher J. Tonkin. Transcriptional modification of host cells harboring Toxoplasma gondii bradyzoites prevents IFN gamma-mediated cell death. Cell Host & Microbe, 2021; DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2021.11.012 The researchers showed that the parasites were … Read more

Desert shrubs cranked up water use efficiency to survive a megadrought

Journal Reference: Steven A. Kannenberg, Avery W. Driscoll, Paul Szejner, William R. L. Anderegg, James R. Ehleringer. Rapid increases in shrubland and forest intrinsic water-use efficiency during an ongoing megadrought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021; 118 (52): e2118052118 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2118052118 “The Southwest is in a really dry period,” says Steven Kannenberg, postdoctoral … Read more

‘Photosynthetic’ algae can survive the dark

Journal Reference: Jelena Godrijan, David T. Drapeau, William M. Balch. Osmotrophy of dissolved organic carbon by coccolithophores in darkness. New Phytologist, 2021; 233 (2): 781 DOI: 10.1111/nph.17819 Coccolithophores, like most algae, are photosynthetic and utilize the sun’s energy to make food. However, the aftermath of the asteroid impact was thought to have blanketed the planet … Read more