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Hummingbird Flight Both Adaptable And Efficient
2012-09-27 12:12:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hummingbirds are among the most impressive aviators in the animal kingdom. Beating their wings at a rate of up to 80 times per second, they can fly forward, backward, left and right with the greatest of ease. After noticing the birds flying around a feeder on his balcony, University of California at Berkeley biologist Nir Sapir decided to investigate the mechanics of this acrobatic aviator and was surprised to find that the there was...

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2009-06-02 13:56:41

Turbulence hampers flight for various bee species, and possibly other insects New research shows some bees brace themselves against wind and turbulence by extending their sturdy hind legs while flying. But this approach comes at a steep cost, increasing aerodynamic drag and the power required for flight by roughly 30 percent, and cutting into the bees' flight performance. The findings are detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Wind is a universal part of life for...

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2009-03-12 13:30:00

Experiments show that hummingbirds suffer few energy costs when they grow long tails The long tails sported by many male birds in the tropics look like they're a drag to carry around and a distinct disadvantage when fleeing predators, but experiments by University of California, Berkeley, biologists shows that they exact only a minimal cost in speed or energy "“ at least in hummingbirds. "We estimate that having a long tail increases a bird's daily metabolic costs by 1 to 3 percent,...

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2008-10-27 18:15:00

Ants prefer salty snacks to sugary ones, at least in inland areas that tend to be salt-poor, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Ecologists from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the University of Oklahoma tested the salt versus sugar preferences of ants from North, Central and South America, using ant populations at varying distances from the ocean. While ocean...

2008-09-05 00:00:08

By Sarah Arnott BP and the Russian billionaires fighting for control of the TNK- BP joint venture have signed a deal designed to draw a line under their acrimonious conflict. After more than a year at daggers drawn, the two parties have put together a truce that provides for the board to be reshuffled, for equal control of all subsidiaries, and for the departure of the controversial TNK-BP chief executive Robert Dudley. Both sides were keen to make positive noises yesterday. Tony...

2008-09-04 09:00:13

Russian and British stakeholders in TNK-BP have agreed to restructure leadership to settle claims the company was run with a foreign bias, the company said. The deal includes replacing Chief Executive Officer Robert Dudley, a former BP executive, with an independent candidate who speaks Russian, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Russian investors and BP also agreed to trim the management board from 14 members to 11, including four representing AAR, the Russian investor group,...

2008-09-04 06:00:08

The Russian and UK shareholders of the oil company TNK-BP, which is owned by BP and the Russian consortium AAR (Alfa Group, Access Industries and Renova) on a parity basis, have signed a memorandum of understanding, Interfax news agency reported on 4 September, quoting AAR chief executive officer Stan Polovets. The current head of TNK-BP, Robert Dudley, is to leave the post of CEO by the end of the year, Interfax reported at 0848 gmt. The agreement on this is stipulated in the memorandum of...

2008-08-26 00:00:34

MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax) - A lawyer for Robert Dudley has challenged a Russian court's decision to disqualify his client from serving as the oil company's chief for two years, a source close to TNK-BP told Interfax. (c) 2008 Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-25 09:01:39

Anglo-Russian oil company TNK-BP's exiled CEO, Robert Dudley, has pointed a finger at the labor inspectorate in Moscow, alleging an abuse of power in its investigations into the company, according to the Financial Times. Mr Dudley, who is reportedly running BP's Russian joint venture from an undisclosed location in central Europe, made the allegation in a letter to five senior Russian ministers and officials, in a bid to explicate the role of authorities in the TNK-BP row, according to...

2008-08-15 00:00:15

By David Prosser BP HAS suffered its most serious setback so far in the battle raging over control of its TNK-BP joint venture, with a Russian court banning Robert Dudley, the unit's chief executive, from holding office in the country for two years. TNK-BP said it would appeal against the ruling, made by a labour court that has found the company guilty of breaches of Russian employment laws, and that Mr Dudley would continue in his role until this appeal had been heard. Ultimately,...