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  • Like mini fighter pilots, fruit flies can execute hairpin turns

    Like mini fighter pilots, fruit flies can execute hairpin turns
    Fruit flies seem to have a preternatural ability to evade annoyed swatters. Now, laser-wielding scientists have discovered the secret of these winged escape artists: They execute speedy hairpin turns by banking in the same way that fighter jets do.
  • Fruit flies make blazing fast turns like fighter jets, study says

    Fruit flies make blazing fast turns like fighter jets, study says
    Fruit flies could make some talented fighter pilots. Scientists who had the insects wing it through two laser beams watched the bugs make hairpin turns at blazing fast speeds, by banking in the same way that fighter jet planes do. The findings,...

    Mammograms save lives, but they're also overrated, new study says

    Mammograms save lives, but they're also overrated, new study says
    The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms — and having them less frequently — remains controversial. A new study tries to help women and their doctors understand why less can be more when it comes to breast cancer...

    Did rainy climate aid Genghis Khan? Tree rings offer clues.

    Did rainy climate aid Genghis Khan? Tree rings offer clues.
    In the rings of ancient and gnarled trees, scientists have found evidence of a period of an unusual stretch of warmth and wetness in Mongolia between the years 1211 and 1225 — the exact time that Genghis Khan was in power. Coincidence? They...

    Richard Daugherty dies at 91; archaeologist studied Makah tribe site

    Richard Daugherty dies at 91; archaeologist studied Makah tribe site
    Tidal erosion caused by a February 1970 winter storm ate away a bank of soil on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, revealing parts of five Native American longhouses. The longhouses near Lake Ozette had been buried suddenly by a mudslide sometime around...