posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 08:18 AM
Haha this is no joke...
Scientists discover that flies can fly!
Scientists in Switzerland have finally confirmed that flies can actually fly.
Previously scientists thought that their light weight allowed flies to technically "swim" in the air.
But a study conducted in Zurich shows that friction, assumed to let flies swim in air, isn't a factor.
Instead, inertia is the main physical influence in keeping them up in the air.
For the study, drosophila flies were filmed using three cameras at 5,000 pictures per second.
An analysis of the recordings showed that instead of swimming on air, flies actively use their wings in a series of steering and countersteering
The study was conducted at Zurich University's institute of neuro-informatics.