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June 17, 2014

 

A fruit fly on a leaf

Fruit Flies in My House

Even if you don't have a big bowl of fruit sitting out in your kitchen, fruit flies can still thrive. Here's what you can do to get rid of them.

January 30, 2014

 

The underside of a commercial airliner taking off at sunset

Why Airliners Don’t Provide Emergency Parachutes

There are emergency exits, emergency slides, emergency air masks and emergency flotation devices. Why not parachutes too?

August 6, 2013

 

airplane in the sunset

Story Problems For The Birds

Say you load a plane with 2,000 lbs worth of birds. If the birds fly in circles inside the plane, will it be able to take off? Find out on Moment of Science.

January 24, 2011

 

An ant crawling on a wooden table

Do Insects Respect The Law Of Gravity?

You stomp at an ant crawling along the baseboard, and it escapes by climbing the wall. How do insects deal with gravity?

March 27, 2009

 

Robber fly on leaf

Flies That Eat Spiders

When many spiders capture a fly, they don't eat it right away. Instead, they poison the fly and wrap it in silk.

June 17, 2008

 

The Human Ear

Amazing Little Ears

Humans detect the direction a sound comes from by comparing the difference in time of arrival, or loudness of the sound, so why is there a difference?

May 12, 2008

 

Landed Fly

The Trials and Tribulations of a Lascivious Housefly

When you think about sexually transmitted diseases, I'm willing to bet a housefly isn't a thought. Flies can catch a fungus called Entomophthora muscae.

September 23, 2006

 

two pilots sitting in the cockpit

Airplane Navigation

How do modern-day pilots navigate their way at 35,000 feet?

March 21, 2006

 

a hirtella plant stem and leaves

Trap-building Ants

Many studies are done on ant behavior, but these amazing Amazonian ants are especially tricky.

September 29, 2005

 

I Run to Suck Your Blood

As you know, bats are the only flying mammals, and, as their bodies became increasingly specialized for flight over the course of evolution, most species lost the ability to walk. Only a couple of exceptions are known, including a species of bat that lives in New Zealand and the common vampire bat of South and Central America. While other bats can only shuffle, these bats use their wings as forelimbs, so they can walk around like any other four-legged animals. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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