Fruit Flies Highlight Aerodynamics of Insect FlightPublication: National Geographic News Date: April 23, 2003 View Article
To swat a fly can be a lesson in futility. The insect darts from each swipe with uncanny precision, altering its course to zip off in nearly the opposite direction.
Precisely how a fly achieves its aerial acrobatics is more than a curiosity of annoyance for Michael Dickinson, a bioengineer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Dickinson has built an entire research lab, not to mention professional career, seeking an answer to just how a fly’s brain controls its muscles in precision flight.