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September 24, 2015


hummingbird hovers midair

Nature’s Helicopters

Hummingbirds appear to hover effortlessly midair. Here's how they create the illusion of floating in the sky:

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.

March 16, 2012


clock on white background

Does Life Evolve The Same Way, Twice?

Suppose you had the ability to wind back the clock to just before life appeared on earth and let it all happen again. Would life evolve in the same way twice?

May 4, 2009


Mosquito sucking blood

Mosquito Love Buzz

Is there any sound more annoying than the whine of a mosquito?

October 20, 2008


Geese flying in "V" formation

Not So Silly Geese

Geese fly in a "V" formation mainly to save energy. Why a "V?"

January 2, 2006


Grounded, with Wings

How's it feel to be grounded with wings? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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.

June 2, 2005


Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather flock together. It’s a misleading phrase. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 29, 2003


Nature’s Helicopters

Learn about one of nature's coolest animals of all time on this Moment of Science: "Nature's Helicopter".

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