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.
Flying through turbulence in an airplane is usually something of a nuisance; when that fasten-your-seatbelts sign comes on, you know you’re in for a bumpy ride. Here, we’ll learn how airplanes use technology to avoid turbulence in the air ahead, and about systems that can help make flying a smoother, and safer, experience. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Flying west to east is faster than flying east to west, but why? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Bald eagles are not longer an endangered species. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
What's a fly doing in Antarctica? Find out on this Moment of Science.
You might have seen pictures of the American flag waving on the moon. Did that occur to you as being kind of odd? How did they get it to "wave."
Can you choke a fly? Find out on this Moment of Science.
Flying is tougher than walking or running, right? So how come birds don't get winded and run out of breath?
Ever wonder why flies aren't at altitudes where airliners fly? Well, maybe you haven't, but today we're going to discuss how high flies can fly.
A recent study of bugs and bug zappers has shown that while there’s enough electrical energy here to zap the fly, there’s not enough to harm any germs the fly might be carrying. What do you think happens to all those germs?