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Fruit Flies Use Fighter Jet Moves
ABC ^ | Wed 7 May 2014

Posted on 05/07/2014 12:32:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway

What do fruit flies and fighter jets have in common?

More than you would probably think.

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that fruit flies are able to react like little aircraft when they are under attack from predators.

Biology professor Michael Dickinson says slow-motion cameras were used to capture the flies' movements as part of the study.

"The animals do these very very rapid banked turns, where they're flying and then they roll very quickly over, so they can move quickly away from the direction of the looming threat," he said.

Professor Dickinson says while it is more convenient to study fruit flies, many flies show the same types of behaviours.

"Staying away from predators is a really important part of life...my suspicion is that insects evolved these rapid manoeuvres a long time ago," he said.

"They've really become masters at these rapid aerial manoeuvres."

But he says it's not yet known whether the new findings will have any impact for the fruit industry.

"I don't think it's really something that will impact farmers or fruit growers, because I don't think there's really any application that has to do with pest control that will manipulate or take advantage of these escape responses."


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: fighterjets; fruitflies

1 posted on 05/07/2014 12:32:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Since fruit flies existed since before fighter jets, I would say that fighter jets use fruit fly moves


2 posted on 05/07/2014 12:38:22 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: nickcarraway

I recommend the Lockheed Starfighter with air-to-air missiles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZvT3MHpffk


3 posted on 05/07/2014 12:41:10 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nickcarraway

Gripping news, this is the most important story they can cover right now I guess


4 posted on 05/07/2014 12:47:59 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: nickcarraway
"I don't think it's really something that will impact farmers or fruit growers, because I don't think there's really any application that has to do with pest control that will manipulate or take advantage of these escape responses."

Wrong answer if the researcher anticipated continued research funding.

5 posted on 05/07/2014 12:57:35 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: GeronL

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.


6 posted on 05/07/2014 1:14:37 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: F15Eagle

That hunter, he has a friend you know, his name is Biggus Dickus.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 1:25:34 PM PDT by nomad
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To: nickcarraway

I think fruit flies existed BEFORE jet fighters. Therefore, Jet Fighters are using Fruit Fly moves.

Intelligent Design.

Or should we just put jet fighter parts in a tumbler and see what emerges?


8 posted on 05/07/2014 1:54:23 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: KingLudd
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

THANK YOU! For the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I get this joke.

Obviously Groucho is famous for it. And I never, ever understood it. At most, I would imagine a banana flying through the air, which made no sense, so I would just shrug. Never got it.

Now, with the help of the context of this article, finally, finally, I get it.

I am weeping with relief.

Now... do you have any calculus jokes?

9 posted on 05/07/2014 2:02:56 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway

But can fruit flies do a Thatch Weave?


10 posted on 05/07/2014 2:16:28 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Ask about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: nickcarraway

The F-16 Deer fly has quite a bite.
The A-10 Chigger bugs the heck out of it’s enemies.


11 posted on 05/07/2014 2:54:56 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Talisker
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12 posted on 05/07/2014 3:09:53 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

LOL, they’re good!


13 posted on 05/08/2014 12:50:44 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway

I have several Purple Martin houses in my backyard, love to watch them fly in the spring. I have noticed that when a martin approaches the house and is flying too fast they make a maneuver similar to a fighter jet on a visual approach to a runway. They fly an overhead pattern. They fly past the house, make a 180 degree turn, fly in the opposite direction from the house, make another 180 degree turn, and land on the house. All the while losing speed and altitude, exactly as I thousands of F-4’s do during my career.


14 posted on 05/08/2014 5:54:11 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: nickcarraway
Researchers at the University of Washington

How much federal grant money was wasted on this?

No fat anywhere in the budget, absolutely none!

15 posted on 05/08/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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