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Praying mantises wear 3D glasses for research purposes
Electronic Products ^ | 04/28/2014 | Breezy Smoak/Newcastle University

Posted on 05/17/2014 10:48:09 AM PDT by null and void

Researchers are studying mantises to learn about 3D vision

In 1983, Samuel Rossel determined that mantises (of which the praying variety is the most famous) possess 3D vision. Piggybacking on this discovery, scientists at Newcastle University are researching how to gain a better understanding of 3D vision by taking a closer look at mantises’ vision. The team is attaching 3D glasses to mantises’ eyes to see if they will be fooled by the presence of 3D images. The researchers will attempt to compare mantises’ stereotypic vision to that of the human world and how 3D recognition has developed across various species. This study will allow future technologies, such as 3D vision in robots and computer vision programs, to be enabled.

Team leader Dr. Jenny Read from Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience has been given a $1,680,700 Research Leadership Award by Leverhulme Trust to fund this project that will focus on analyzing the mechanics of 3D vision in mantises. It will be interesting to view the conclusions drawn from this project and how these crucial pieces of knowledge can be applied to future scientific and industrial projects.

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In a press release on the University’s website, Read stated that “despite their minute brains, mantises are sophisticated visual hunters which can capture prey with terrifying efficiency. We can learn a lot by studying how they perceive the world.” Observing this system of vision can open various portals in terms of developing easy algorithms for programming robots’ 3D vision capabilities.

The team of experts will look at the response of virtual 3D stimuli, like moving objects, on the mantis’ field of vision. The 3D glasses are affixed to the mantis with beeswax while the insect is exposed to moving images on computer screens. The insects are tricked into underestimating the depth of objects and scenarios, just like what happens when humans watch 3D films. The mantises’ responses and behavioral patterns are calculated and electrophysiological recordings will be noted and applied when modeling neural algorithms in the future.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: mantids; prayingmantis
This is just so wrong on so many levels...
1 posted on 05/17/2014 10:48:09 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

Can he save me money on my car insurance? B-D


2 posted on 05/17/2014 10:50:45 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: null and void

BTW, I like to watch dreck horror movies and on Svengoolie tonight is the movie, “The Flying Mantis” from 1957. I remember the last time I saw it, Mom was still alive and just for “shats and giggles,” I asked her, “if a flying mantis was headed towards DC (as in the movie) what would Obama do?” Mom said, “he’d probably try riding on top of it.” and I busted out laughing. I can see Obama trying to ride the thing. A bit OT but an amusing mantis story.


3 posted on 05/17/2014 10:53:36 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Nowhere Man

“A bit OT but an amusing mantis story.” The world needs more mantis stories. Thanks.


4 posted on 05/17/2014 10:55:20 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: null and void

They’re only doing this because they can charge the Praying Mantises an extra $4.00 admission for the 3D glasses.


5 posted on 05/17/2014 10:56:41 AM PDT by Junk Silver
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To: Nowhere Man

Excellent! She sound like a remarkable woman.


6 posted on 05/17/2014 10:59:37 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Mercat

Anytime. We do need to relax and blow off some steam now and then.


7 posted on 05/17/2014 11:07:35 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: null and void

Yeah, I miss my mom, I lost her 6 months ago tomorrow. B-(


8 posted on 05/17/2014 11:08:04 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Nowhere Man

The pain does ease up over time.


9 posted on 05/17/2014 11:13:08 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Nowhere Man

Nah, PUTIN would lasso it and ride it. Obummer would curl up in a fetal position in the corner and whimper like a whipped puppy.


10 posted on 05/17/2014 11:16:35 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: null and void
The Mantis Shimp have Hillary Eyes.


11 posted on 05/17/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: null and void

Saw a bunch of Mantis hatchlings (?) on my garage door the other day. Must have been 12-15 of them.


12 posted on 05/17/2014 11:19:23 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

These guys cannot add. 3D + 3D = 6D


13 posted on 05/17/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT by DocJhn
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To: null and void
Glasses make anyone look more intelligent. That may be superficial but
when you're an insect you need every advantage to get a job in the sciences.
14 posted on 05/17/2014 12:09:46 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: null and void

If a couple of praying mantises go to a 3-D movie on a date, the male should use the glasses to take a good look at the female. Then he should ask her what she likes to eat after making out.


15 posted on 05/17/2014 1:04:16 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: TigersEye

The glasses do make him look smarter.


16 posted on 05/17/2014 2:02:35 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG
"The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades."


17 posted on 05/17/2014 2:09:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: null and void

Is there such thing as Atheist Mantises?


18 posted on 05/17/2014 2:10:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: UCANSEE2

What worries me is that little bit of drool...


19 posted on 05/17/2014 2:12:54 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: dfwgator
Is there such thing as Atheist Mantises?

Apparently:

In 1983, Samuel Rossel determined that mantises (of which the praying variety is the most famous)

Although I suppose they could be agnostic...

20 posted on 05/17/2014 2:15:33 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: dfwgator

The praying mantis is Mantis religiosa

The preying mantis(s) are Mantis agnosticea


21 posted on 05/17/2014 2:22:59 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: MUDDOG

They’re stylin’ glasses. They wouldn’t work for all bugs though.


22 posted on 05/17/2014 3:24:03 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: TigersEye
LOL! I was trying to think where I'd seen those hexagonal (or is it octagonal?) glasses before, and I finally got it -- Michael Clarke's sunglasses on the cover of "The Byrds Greatest Hits" 1967 album.

At first I thought maybe it was the glasses Roger/Jim McGuinn used to wear, but they were rectangular, and on the album cover he's not wearing glasses.


23 posted on 05/17/2014 3:32:27 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

The mantis would do well to stay in science. If it became a rock star it might run into Ozzie Osbourne and who knows who would bite the head off of whom?


24 posted on 05/17/2014 3:47:20 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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