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Fruit Flies Are Relentless Party Crashers
2014-02-05 13:30:09

That fruit fly joining you just moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used its poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search, one that’s been described for the first time by researchers at the University of Washington.

2012-12-06 11:14:31

Parasites are unpleasant lodgers at the best of times, but there is one group of parasites that is particularly pernicious.

Image 1 - Fruit Flies Look To The Sky To Stay On Course
2012-01-18 05:08:52

New research demonstrates that fruit flies keep their bearings by using the polarization pattern of natural skylight, bolstering the belief that many, if not all, insects have that capability.

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2010-08-25 10:35:00

Flies follow horizontal edges to regulate altitude, says a team of researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

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2010-02-15 08:00:00

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have obtained the first recordings of brain-cell activity in an actively flying fruit fly.

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2008-08-29 07:45:00

Ever feel the frustration of failing to swat a fly? Well, researchers say they've solved the mystery.


Word of the Day
ultimo
  • In the month which preceded the present; in the last month, as distinguished from the current or present month and all others.
  • In the month which preceded the present; in the last month, as distinguished from the current or present month and all others.
The word 'ultimo' comes from the Latin phrase 'ultimo mense', 'in the last month'.
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