Slideshow: Watch Insects in Motion
Slideshow: Watch Insects in Motion
Researchers across disciplines are adopting high-tech tools to better understand the kinematics and behaviors behind insect flight.
Slideshow: Watch Insects in Motion
Slideshow: Watch Insects in Motion

Researchers across disciplines are adopting high-tech tools to better understand the kinematics and behaviors behind insect flight.

Researchers across disciplines are adopting high-tech tools to better understand the kinematics and behaviors behind insect flight.

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Free Fallin’: How Scientists Study Unrestrained Insects
Free Fallin’: How Scientists Study Unrestrained Insects
Amanda Heidt | Mar 1, 2021
Researchers are pulling from video games, sports broadcasting, meteorology, and even missile guidance technology to better investigate how insects have mastered flight.
Infographic: VR, Radar, and Other Tricks for Studying Insects
Infographic: VR, Radar, and Other Tricks for Studying Insects
Amanda Heidt | Mar 1, 2021
Researchers are getting creative to understand flight behavior in the fast-moving and tiny animals.
Image of the Day: Moth Movement
Image of the Day: Moth Movement
Emily Makowski | Jan 2, 2020
Neuronal signal timing is crucial for muscle coordination during flight.
Image of the Day: <em>Fukuipteryx</em> Fossil
Image of the Day: Fukuipteryx Fossil
Emily Makowski | Nov 15, 2019
This ancient bird has a modern tail bone.
Image of the Day: Flight Styles
Image of the Day: Flight Styles
Emily Makowski | Oct 25, 2019
The evolution of different ways of flying in birds affected wing range of motion, but not wing shape.
Bar-Headed Geese Slow Their Metabolism to Soar over Everest
Bar-Headed Geese Slow Their Metabolism to Soar over Everest
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 4, 2019
The birds also decrease their heart rate and chill their blood to maintain flight in hypoxic conditions.
Image of the Day: Mosquito Flight Simulator
Image of the Day: Mosquito Flight Simulator
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 30, 2019
Carbon dioxide pumped into a bright chamber mimics a breathing host for the pest to target.
Image of the Day: Bee Bot
Image of the Day: Bee Bot
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 1, 2019
Developers made an insect-like robot with two pairs of wings.
Image of the Day: Close Encounters
Image of the Day: Close Encounters
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 19, 2019
Watch a hawk close in on a target.
Image of the Day: Bat-like Wings
Image of the Day: Bat-like Wings
Chia-Yi Hou | May 9, 2019
Paleontologists find a fossil of a dinosaur, Ambopteryx longibrachium, with membranous wings, in China.
Image of the Day: Passive Flapping
Image of the Day: Passive Flapping
Chia-Yi Hou | May 3, 2019
A robot model of a winged but flightless dinosaur suggests the dinosaur may have flapped its wings while moving on the ground.
Feathered Dino <em>Archaeopteryx</em> Probably Flew Like a Pheasant
Feathered Dino Archaeopteryx Probably Flew Like a Pheasant
Ashley Yeager | Mar 13, 2018
High-tech imaging of the Jurassic creature’s humerus and ulna bones reveals it flapped its wings to evade predators.
Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight
Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight
Ashley Yeager | Feb 22, 2018
Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.
How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering
How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 5, 2017
A visual motion-sensing brain region found in all four-limbed vertebrates displays unique properties in Anna’s hummingbirds.
Leader in Biomechanics Dies
Leader in Biomechanics Dies
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2015
Duke’s Steven Vogel studied how plants and animals adapt to the physical world.
“Feathered Poodle From Hell” Dino Found
“Feathered Poodle From Hell” Dino Found
Kerry Grens | Jul 20, 2015
A newly discovered relative of Velociraptor had abundant plumage and birdlike wings.  
Winged Dino Found?
Winged Dino Found?
Bob Grant | May 1, 2015
Researchers describe a small species that may have soared through Jurassic skies on membranous wings like those of bats and flying squirrels.
How Tinier Theropods Took Flight
How Tinier Theropods Took Flight
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 4, 2014
Downsizing dinosaurs was key to the evolution of birds, a study shows. 
Hummingbirds Out-hover Helicopters
Hummingbirds Out-hover Helicopters
Bob Grant | Jul 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.