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Caltech Scientists Discover Mechanism for Wind Detection in Fruit Flies
March 11, 2009
Tiny, lightweight fruit flies need to know when it's windy out so they can steady themselves and avoid being knocked off their feet or blown off course. But how do they figure out that it's time to hunker down? According to a team led by Caltech scientists, the flies have evolved a specialized population of neurons in their antennae that let them know not only when the wind is blowing, but also the direction from which it is coming.
California Institute of Technology
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