If you load a plane that can hold up to 2,000 pounds with more than 2,000 pounds of birds, will it still be able to take off?
Hummingbirds appear to hover effortlessly midair. Here's how they create the illusion of floating in the sky:
There are emergency exits, emergency slides, emergency air masks and emergency flotation devices. Why not parachutes too?
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?
Is there any sound more annoying than the whine of a mosquito?
Geese fly in a "V" formation mainly to save energy. Why a "V?"
How's it feel to be grounded with wings? Find out on this Moment of Science.
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.
Birds of a feather flock together. It’s a misleading phrase. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Learn about one of nature's coolest animals of all time on this Moment of Science: "Nature's Helicopter".