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Scientists discover that flies can fly!

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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 movements.

The study was conducted at Zurich University's institute of neuro-informatics.

posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 09:11 AM
I just hope they don't try to make aeroplanes based on this. No friggin skyscraper would be safe then...


posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 11:01 AM
Wow, flies can fly! I suppose they are going to try to tell us that fish can actually swim, next! What is this world coming to!!!!!!!

posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 11:04 AM
Woooowwwww!! No way. Flies can fly?

posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 11:11 AM

Flying flies! No way! This must be the biggest scientific breakthrough

I'm going to record this date on my calander. That way I can celebrate it every year! I'll even tell my children about it.

ME-"Did you know that I was alive when they discovered that flies can fly?"

CHILDREN-"Wow dad! Your that old?"

posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 11:13 AM
Sarky git!

Good one though..cheered me up!

posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 03:06 PM
Man I love Euro slang...

Maybe that's why they're called "flies"? Hmm?

Somewhere, a scientist is stuffing grant money in a stripper's g-string....

posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 03:22 PM
wow, all i have to say is....i hope my tax dollars didn't go towards this necessary study. what's next, does the sun really make light? or grass really grows up and the dirt doesn't move down. amazing.

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