A Ray of Light

Bruce Fraser was a legendary imaging scientist, writer, and musician. For me, experiencing the total solar eclipse on August 21st brought back fond memories of a dear friend.

An Important Visual Cue for Empathetic Robots

It’s been four decades since the invention of the digital camera, and through relentless innovation the image sensors at their core have become incredibly small and sensitive. Much of the innovation has focused on trichromatic color vision; how we create a world of kaleidoscopic hues from just three inputs – red, green, and blue (RGB). By experimenting with […]

Forget Those Other Monkeys, Just Save the Bonobos

Given that our conservation resources are limited, perhaps we should leave all those other monkeys to fend for themselves, and focus on saving the bonobos!

Community of Amateurs Discovers Planets Around Other Stars

Unlike the work of a single scientist, a large online community can combine the independent assessments of many non-experts, thereby gaining the “wisdom of crowds” in which the group opinion is equal to or better than that of any one expert (or the best computer algorithms currently available).