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Hummingbirds Out-hover Helicopters

By | July 31, 2014

The diminutive birds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone, a study shows.

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The World’s Only Pentaped

By | July 2, 2014

Kangaroos use their tails as fifth legs.

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Sophie Dumont: Forces at Play

By | May 1, 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 38

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A Mite-y Fast Arthropod

By | April 29, 2014

Move over, cheetah. A mite from Southern California sets the new record for world’s fastest land animal relative to body size.

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Fluke Forces

By | April 1, 2014

Dolphins prove that they rely on muscle power, rather than a trick of fluid dynamics, to race through water at high speeds.

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Tail Flick

By | April 1, 2014

Observe a dolphin flipping its fluke through a bubble curtain in experiments used to determine the force of its muscles.

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3-D X-Rays Catch Insects in Flight

By | March 26, 2014

Using a new approach, researchers capture the in vivo mechanics of a flying fly.  

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Flapless Flight

By | January 1, 2014

New research increases the understanding of how albatrosses fly effortlessly by harvesting energy out of thin air.

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Dynamic Bat Tongue Mops Up Nectar

By | May 6, 2013

A nectar-feeding bat uses a blood-powered hydraulic process to control hair-like structures on its tongue to efficiently slurp up the sugary liquid from flowers.  

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Fly Guy

By | August 1, 2012

For Michael Dickinson, Drosophila are more than winged gene holders—they’re sophisticated systems for translating sensory information into flight instructions.

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