Barren no more: study finds millions of trees dot deserts

At first glance the apparently barren expanses of the Sahel and Sahara deserts feature little greenery, but detailed satellite imagery combined with computer deep learning has revealed a different picture.

Efficient pollen identification

From pollen forecasting, honey analysis and climate-related changes in plant-pollinator interactions, analyzing pollen plays an important role in many areas of research. Microscopy is still the gold standard, but it is very ...

Artificial intelligence can help protect orchids and other species

Many orchid species are threatened by land conversion and illegal harvesting. However, only a fraction of those species is included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, because assessments require a lot of time, resources ...

Intelligent software tackles plant cell jigsaw puzzle

Imagine working on a jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces that even the edges seem indistinguishable from others at the puzzle's center. And to make matters worse, the pieces are not only numerous, but ever-changing. In fact, ...

Small quake clusters can't hide from AI

Researchers at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering are using data gathered before a deadly 2017 landslide in Greenland to show how deep learning may someday help predict seismic events like earthquakes and volcanic ...

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