Author: Kevin Logist

Bumble Bees Show How To Build Better Drones

Bumble bees are clumsy fliers. They crash into things about once per second. But before scientists began filming them with high-speed videography, we didn’t know much about how they fly, nor about the obstacles they face. “In the time you blink your eye, a bee beats its wings sixty-five times,” said biomechanical ecologist, Stacey Combes, who was an Associate Professor at Harvard University when much of this research was being conducted. (She now is an Assistant Professor at UC Davis.) Bumble bees’ clumsiness stems not from poorly developed flying abilities, but from the variety of challenges they must deal...

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