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2014-05-20 23:07:17

Yogascapes are the antidote to our “no vacation nation” designed to help people unplug from a fast-paced world by blending physical and personal development with the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes. Canandaigua, NY (PRWEB) May 20, 2014 Newly launched Finger Lakes Yogascapes (FLY) is set to attract national attention for its yoga and physical adventure escapes announced today. The unique retreats aim to transform lives by combining the power of personal growth, physical activity and...

Fruit Flies Use Not Just Eyes, But Antennae To Control Air Speed
2014-04-11 14:20:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Geneticists may know the fruit fly genus Drosophila as go-to organisms for their research, but a new study focused instead on how these insects go into a sort of “cruise control” while in flight. Using bursts of air and sophisticated software, the new study revealed that fruit flies use a combination of vision and their wind-sensitive antennae to maintain a constant flight speed relative to the ground. The new study, published in...

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2014-04-11 06:24:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever wondered why it can be so gosh-darned hard to swat a buzzing fly, you’re not alone – researchers from the University of Washington used an array of high-speed video cameras in an attempt to solve the mystery. Thanks to equipment capable of operating at 7,500 frames per second, postdoctoral researcher Florian Muijres and his colleagues captured the wing and body motion of the insects after they were presented...

3D Movie From Inside Live Flying Insects
2014-03-31 09:11:47

[ Watch The Video: Three-Dimensional Visualization of the Insect Thorax ] University of Oxford The flight muscles moving inside flies have been filmed for the first time using a new 3D X-ray scanning technique. 3D movies of the muscles were created by a team from Oxford University, Imperial College London, and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), using the PSI's Swiss Light Source, a powerful X-ray source. The movies offer a glimpse into the inner workings of one of nature's most...

The Right Temperature Makes Tasty Treat For Fruit Flies
2013-08-08 06:23:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists call it the Goldilocks Principle. Animals can survive and breed only if the temperature is just right -- too hot and they will overheat; too cold and they will freeze. Animals have evolved very sensitive temperature sensors, which allow them to detect the relatively narrow margin in which they can survive. Until recently, very little was known about how these sensors worked. A new study from Brandeis University has...

Mosquitoes May Fly Well In The Rain, But They Fail In The Fog
2012-11-19 15:41:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have determined that despite their amazing ability to fly in the rain, mosquitoes fail miserably while trying to fly in heavy fog. Scientists reported at the 65th meeting of the American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics that just like airplanes, the blood-sucking insects are grounded when fog thickens. "Raindrop and fog impacts affect mosquitoes quite differently," Georgia Tech researcher...

2011-12-05 13:02:56

Fruit fly and malaria mosquito sensors attuned to heat, chemical odors Fruit flies and mosquitoes share similar sensory receptors that allow them to distinguish among thousands of sensory cues — particularly heat and chemical odors — as they search for food or try to avoid danger, researchers from Boston College and Brandeis University report in the current electronic edition of the journal Nature. Pinpointing a tiny portion of a protein found on the surfaces of neurons that...

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2011-07-19 12:20:00

German scientists have discovered new ancient relatives of the modern mayfly from the Lower Cretaceous of South America. The experts discovered adult winged specimens and preserved larvae to clarify the phylogenetic position of the insects. The insects were equipped with wing venation of a mayfly, breast and wing shape of a dragonfly, and legs of a praying mantis.  However, the larvae look more like freshwater shrimps.  The scientists said some of their characters clearly suggest...

2011-03-14 17:22:34

Calling it the "new periodic table for flies," researchers at North Carolina State University and collaborators across the globe have mapped the evolutionary history of flies, providing a framework for further comparative studies on the insects that comprise more than 10 percent of all life on Earth. The research, published today in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, plugs gaps in the 260-million-year history of the fly order Diptera, says Dr. Brian...


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