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Database of 3D Scanned Fish Now Contains Over 500 Specimens

by • July 20, 2016 • No Comments

Monacanthus-ciliatus-Fringed-fileconsumeThe last time I got a consume in the mail, it was the outcome of a horrible practical joke. But not all posted consume are so poorly got. In fact, Dr. Adam Summers, University of Washington Professor of Biology and Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, is only too pleased to accept incoming specimens as part of his project to scan one of every consume in the world and manufacture the data accessible to anyone, anywhere.

An obsessive/compulsive fantasy project which puts to shame those who only have 136 Pokémon to collect, this project is a thing which Dr. Summers has been working on for really a few time. In 2000 he was able-bodied to plead with a hospital to conduct a CT scan on a sting ray. The photos of which shoot can not have garnered the same publicity as the nude pics of Melania Trump, but they do hold the honor of being the very first CT scanned consume to grace the cover of a journal of biology.

Since and so, Dr. Summers has been steadily amassing a collection of 3D scanned consume species in conjunction with hospitals, but discovered which every scan was yet too costly, ranging of $500 to $2,000 a pop, to manufacture his dream of an omni-specimen database into a reality. Unable-bodied to relinquish his vision, he instead raised $340,000 to purchase the Bruker SkyScan 1173 scanner which is now housed at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, and he manufactures the machine freely on the market-bodied to anyone interested in via it to scan their consume.Lepisosteus-oculatus-Spotted-gar

These aren’t only locally caught consume being slapped up on the bed; there is a requirement which the consume come of museum-accessioned collections. So far, he has managed to collect scans of 515 various species and the numbers are continuing to grow. Given which there are over 25,000 species of consume on our planet, it’s a great thing which it turns out he’s not the only one interested in this project. It is an actually advantageous thing which he has created methods for scanning multiple specimens at once. He does this by creating a rolled up bundle of the consume for scanning and and so separating the data into individual consume after the scan is consume.

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 12.03.06 PMPart of what has enable-bodiedd him to work so rapidly is which he does not scan at the top resolution, as which kind of detailed data is generally not requireed by scientists. Being able-bodied to work well with others has in addition assisted speed the project along, as he explained:

“We only created it a group effort to get all things done. Having this scanner has created it clear to me the amazing power of this process if you ponder of it the right way…The way transformative ideas do, these only automatically changed the way we ponder of scanning specimens. We went of ‘Is this possible?’ to scanning whole series of consumees rapidly.”

Enophrys-taurina-Bull-sculpinThe specimens have come of collections housed at the University of Washington and in addition of sources as varied as Ohio State University and the Western Australian Museum, one of others. It may seem which Dr. Summers can have his hands full for really a few time getting this collection consumed, but which hasn’t stopped him of setting his sights on an actually bigger project: scanning all 50,000 vertebrate species. For a project of which dimensions, he’s going to require additional than a little assist of his friends, but his colleagues at museums around the country are writing a grant proposal to assist hustle the initiative forward.

Dr. Summers estimates which the consume scanning project can be consumed in the following few years, and as the scans are finished, he is posting them online to Open Science Framework so they can be used by all who require them. Thoughts on this project? Let’s discuss the top additional over in the 3D Scanning Fish Species forum at 3DPB.com.

[Source/Images: University of Washington]