Engadget: Researchers retrofit microscopes to take 3D images of cells in real-time

Engadget: Researchers retrofit microscopes to take 3D images of cells in real-time. “There’s a limit to what you can learn about cells from 2D pictures, but creating 3D images is a time-intensive process. Now, scientists from UT Southwestern have developed a new ‘simple and cost-effective’ device capable of capturing multi-angle photos that can be retrofitted onto existing lab microscopes. The team say their solution — which involves inserting a unit of two rotating mirrors in front of a microscope’s camera — is 100 times faster than converting images from 2D to 3D.”

WisBusiness: BookScape brings the written word to 3D life

WisBusiness: BookScape brings the written word to 3D life. “The product has both a mobile application and a browser-based version that takes an excerpt of text and turns it into an illustrative work of art. Once available for purchase, BookScape will be a recurring subscription-based software so users can easily create and store their illustrations online…. The software uses a library of three-dimensional models to build the visualized environment, using artificial intelligence to fill in information gaps.”

9News Australia: World-first 3D map shows smoke plumes from Australian bushfires as captured from space

9News Australia: World-first 3D map shows smoke plumes from Australian bushfires as captured from space. “In a world-first, an interactive map depicting the height of smoke plumes from bushfires during the peak of Australia’s bushfire crisis has been released. It is hoped that the new tool will improve the Bureau of Meteorology’s ability to predict where potentially dangerous smoke haze will move, as well as provide crucial ‘big picture’ information to disaster management agencies.”

CNET: Take 3D photos on your iPhone or Android phone with this app

CNET: Take 3D photos on your iPhone or Android phone with this app. “Whether you have a new phone like the iPhone 11 or an older one like a Motorola Moto G6 or iPhone 6S, you can now take 3D photos with your camera. It’s all thanks to a new app called LucidPix. Instead of requiring a special accessory or two rear phone cameras, the app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to render 3D photos that will move as you tilt and pan your phone.”

Reason: A German Museum Tried To Hide This Stunning 3D Scan of an Iconic Egyptian Artifact. Today You Can See It for the First Time

Reason: A German Museum Tried To Hide This Stunning 3D Scan of an Iconic Egyptian Artifact. Today You Can See It for the First Time. “In Berlin, the state-funded Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection has a high-quality, full-color 3D scan of the most iconic portrait sculpture ever produced, the 3,364-year-old Bust of Nefertiti. It has held this artifact since 1920, just a few years after its discovery in Amarna, Egypt; Egypt has been demanding its repatriation ever since it first went on display. The bust is one of the most copied works of ancient Egyptian art, and has become a cultural symbol of Berlin. For reasons the museum has difficulty explaining, this scan too is off-limits to the public. Rather, it was off-limits. I was able to obtain it after a 3-year-long freedom of information effort directed at the organization that oversees the museum.”

TechCrunch: Ubiquity6’s Display.land is part 3D scanner, part social network

TechCrunch: Ubiquity6’s Display.land is part 3D scanner, part social network. “The company’s first publicly launched app, Display.land, started rolling out on iOS and Android over the weekend. Part 3D scanner and part social network, it lets you scan a location or object, edit it (cropping it to just the bits you’re interested in, or adding pre-built digital objects), and share it with the world. Want everyone to see it? You can pin a scan to a map, allowing anyone panning by to explore your scan. Want to keep it to yourself? Flip the privacy toggle accordingly.”

EurekAlert: New US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps

EurekAlert: New US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps . “Dr. Richard ‘Ricky’ Massaro, from the Corps’ Geospatial Research Laboratory, designed a computational algorithm to convert full-motion videos from small drones into image files, extract the metadata, and produce accurate 2D and 3D geospatial images in real-time, according to the Army’s U.S. patent application published on Thursday.”

UCLA: Researchers convert 2D images into 3D using deep learning

UCLA Newsroom: Researchers convert 2D images into 3D using deep learning. “A UCLA research team has devised a technique that extends the capabilities of fluorescence microscopy, which allows scientists to precisely label parts of living cells and tissue with dyes that glow under special lighting. The researchers use artificial intelligence to turn two-dimensional images into stacks of virtual three-dimensional slices showing activity inside organisms.”

TechXplore: Reconstructing histological slices into 3-D images

TechXplore: Reconstructing histological slices into 3-D images. “Despite advances in 3D imaging such as MRI and CT, scientists still rely on slicing a specimen into 2-D sections to acquire the most detailed information. Using this information, they then try to reconstruct a 3-D image of the specimen. Researchers from Nara Institute of Science and Technology report a new algorithm that can do this task at less cost and higher robustness than standard methods.”

CBR: Google’s AI Team Open-Sources Brain Mapping Visualisation Technology

CBR: Google’s AI Team Open-Sources Brain Mapping Visualisation Technology. “Google’s research team have open-sourced a new visualisation technology that allows researchers to view petabyte-scale 3D models of brains in a web browser. The Neuroglancer project, available on Github, enables neurologists to build 3D models of a brain’s neural pathways in interactive visualisations.”

UChicago News: Scientists use technology to examine questions around climate, biodiversity

UChicago News: Scientists use technology to examine questions around climate, biodiversity. “clam shell may be a familiar find on the beach, but its intricate curves and markings tell a rich tale. For centuries, biologists have collected, drawn, measured and compared the shells of bivalve species, pursuing knowledge about how the environment and behavior shape biodiversity. Now, University of Chicago scientists are combining high-resolution 3-D imaging with new geometric deep learning approaches to reveal a fuller version of the story hidden in shells.”

BioSpace: New Tool Allows View of Cell Division in 3D Models

BioSpace: New Tool Allows View of Cell Division in 3D Models. “The Integrated Mitotic Stem Cell merges images of 15 separate cellular components, creating a 3-dimensional map of what a human cell looks like during different steps in cell division. The idea is that it can assist researchers in better understanding how the separate stages and different components of the cell work together—it’s also visually beautiful and entertaining, which makes it a valuable educational tool.”