Spiders can fly — with a little help from the planet's electric fields, of course. A new study reveals that the Earth's electric circuit triggers ballooning behavior from these eight-legged creatures.
Researchers from Stanford University have found a way to help explain how animals generate enough lift to fly and what this could mean for the way flying robots and drones are designed.
Conservationist Sacha Dench will undertake a 4,500-mile flight with migrating Bewick's swans in September to find out why their numbers have been plummeting in the past two decades.
Ground control to Major Sam! Sam the dog is on the loose -- not just in any dog park, but after his trip to the edge of space.
Tiny marine snails known as sea butterflies appear to "fly" underwater much like winged insects do when taking to the sky – representsing a remarkable example of convergent evolution, where two unrelated species develop features that are used in similar ways.
A recent study found that the extent to which animals tolerate humans is largely driven by the environment in which they live and their body size.
Bats use the extra weight in their wings to their advange and generate inertial forces that allow them to reorient themselves upside-down.
The shape of a bird's wings depends greatly on its lineage rather than on distinctive flght styles.
Researchers University of Kansas recently uncovered fossils representing the largest known feathered raptor. The species has since been named Dakotaraptor and it's closing the gap in the evolutionary gap between dinosaurs and modern birds.
Ancient birds had an intricate arrangement of muscles and ligaments that controlled the main feathers of their wings. This suggests that some were able to fly as well as modern birds.
"That's not flying! That's falling... with style." The memorable words of Tom Hanks as Toy Story's Sheriff Woody Pride would certainly apply here. Like Buzz Lightyear himself, the tree-hopping spiders of South American canopies have been revealed to fall with more grace than ever expected, stylishly gliding from one trunk to another to avoid predators.
Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of a new "walking" bat species, which lived 16 million years ago, and roamed ancient New Zealand.
Bats are known for their breathtaking precision when it comes to flying and avoiding obstacles, and new research credits their expert flying skills to super sensors found in their wings.
Birds crash into things sometimes, whether it's windows, cars, plans, or even unfortunately the occasional wind turbine. But for the most part, it's smooth sailing for these expert fliers. And given that navigating a cluttered environment at high speed one of the greatest challenges in biology, researchers wanted to learn how birds have managed this feat. It turns out it's all in their posture.
Past research has shown again and again that even as engineers take their cues from animals, they cannot even begin to hope to approach nature's perfection in flight. No a new study is helping peel back some of the mystery as to how many insects maintain near-effortless pin-point turning while on wing. The results could help experts develop the next generation of air-worthy drones.