To adapt to new stuff, fruit flies sleep more

Fruit flies that can't take flight compensate by sleeping more, according to a new study that could shed light on why some people sleep more than others.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology flight sleep sleep-disorders

To grab nectar, moths rely on split-second timing

To extract nectar from flowers while in flight, moths depend on precise, millisecond timing between their brain and muscles.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology brains flight muscles wings

Big beaks help puffins keep their cool

Overheating can be a problem for puffins that have to fly long distances to find food to feed their chicks. An oversized beak helps them stay cool

Cynthia Lee-McGill • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology birds flight temperature

Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

The way a mosquito uses its wings to make special sounds to attract a mate could lead to ways to build quieter drones, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Nov. 8, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology drones flight mating mosquitoes wings

How flies stick a landing upside down could inspire new robots

The way insects land upside down in the blink of an eye could inspire the next generation of robots, researchers say.

Megan Lakatos-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 24, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry flies flight insects robots

Bats fly around with cold wing muscles

The muscles in bats’ wings are much cooler than the muscles in their core. The finding could one day enhance our understanding of human muscle.

Brown University • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology bats flight muscles temperature wings

How birds perch could lead to nimbler flying robots

Engineers hope that watching how a bird can stick a landing on a non-stick surface will help them design better flying robots.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 7, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds flight robots

In flocks of birds, couples stick together

Flocks of birds aren't one cohesive unit. Instead, mated pairs of birds within the flock are most loyal to each other.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology birds drones flight mating robots social-lives

Hummingbird robot flies and hovers like the real thing

Hummingbird robots that learn from A.I. could one day maneuver through tight spaces where even drones can't go.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry drones flight hummingbirds robots

Check out the tiny muscles birds use to fly

Scientists want to know: Do birds wishbones bend during flight? New imaging technology is helping them solve the mystery.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 1, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds flight muscles skeletons

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