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Praying mantises get to test out worlds smallest 3D glasses

Newcastle University are conducting a research programme to understand 3D vision in the praying mantis. To do this the team have attached pairs of 3D glasses - the world’s tiniest - with beeswax to the insects.

Dr Jenny Read, who leads the team said: “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.”

Dr Vivek Nityananda, an investigator involved in the study said: “If we find that the way mantises process 3D vision is very different to humans then that could open up all kinds of possibilities to create much simpler ways to program 3D vision into robots."

Newcastle University released a video below explaining the research programme:

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Newcastle lecturer to be sentenced for "polite graffiti"

A Newcastle University professor will be sentenced for scratching polite graffiti on luxury cars and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Stephen Graham, who had been drinking, admitted attacking the cars - including a Mercedes and an Audi - when they were parked in Jesmond last year.

He used a screwdriver to scratch "very silly", "really wrong" and "arbitrary" onto cars, among other messages.

The 47-year-old, who works as an expert in cities and society, admitted four counts and asked for 23 similar offences to be taken into consideration when he appeared in court in January.

It was said he had no recollection of what happened on the night in August 2012 in Northumberland Gardens, a few streets from his home.

At a previous hearing he blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics and prescription drugs for his behaviour.


Pioneering lung 'washing' trial could save lives

Researchers at Newcastle University are conducting a pioneering study to make donated lungs more usable.

Research conducted at Newcastle University is to be trialled across the country.

Currently only one in five pairs of lungs are suitable for transplant. But trials are being carried out to clean and aerate the organs after they've been removed.

It is hoped the research will save the lives of many patients on the lung transplant list. For more on this story visit ITV Tyne Tees.