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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".

September 27, 2003

 

A red-eyed fly

How High Do Flies Fly?

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.

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