Stephen Day wrote:
That's really neat looking.
Speaking of neat looking...Watch Muscles Move in 3-D Inside a Flying Insect
It rips through high g-force turns with ease, stops on a dime, hovers, and switches directions mid-flight in the blink of an eye. This isn’t a new drone prototype for the military; it’s a flying machine engineered by nature: the blowfly.
Don’t laugh. Insects are nature’s smallest and most agile pilots. However, scientists are hard-pressed to pop the hood and study the insects’ flight mechanics in action. The blowfly, for example, beats its wings 100 times per second, which makes it incredibly difficult to observe and take accurate measurements. However, using an imaging technique called microtomography, scientists from the United Kingdom employed a new approach to studying the anatomy of flying insects.
The scientists stitched together X-ray images of a blowfly beating its wings to create a three-dimensional video. And the detailed visualization has finally allowed scientists to understand why blowflies are such nimble creatures.