They don’t call them flies for nothing. While we try to avoid the relentless aerial acrobatics of flies, some scientists have built them their own flight simulator. As this ScienCentral News video reports, the work could lead to new flying robots.
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Interviewee: Michael Dickinson,
Blobs bad, vertical lines good. That’s the rule flies use to navigate, according to a new study published in the journal “Current Biology.”
To study how fruit flies steer themselves, California Institute of Technology researcher Michael Dickinson and his colleagues used a tiny flight simulator, operated by a fruit fly. The so-called tethered-flight arena consists of a cylindrical light show, with a fly as the one-woman audience (only female flies were used).