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  Biological sensors: Controlling the fly's gyroscopes

Hengstenberg, R. (1998). Biological sensors: Controlling the fly's gyroscopes. Nature, 392(6678), 757-758. doi:10.1038/33796.

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Hengstenberg, R1, 2, Author              
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1Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: True flies — such as hoverflies or the blow fly Calliphora vicina — have breathtaking aerobatic capabilities due to a very elaborate flight apparatus. Not only do they beat their wings up to 150 times per second, but they have a gearbox with three gears in the wing joint1, and use non-stationary aerodynamics to generate exceptionally large flight forces2. These flies also show masterly control as they fly around obstacles and through turbulent air, and the way in which they do this is revealed in part by Chan et al.3 in Science. The authors report unexpected features of the ‘gyroscopic’ sense organs that tell the fly about its rotations in space.

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 Dates: 1998-04
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DOI: 10.1038/33796
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 392 (6678) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 757 - 758 Identifier: ISSN: 0028-0836
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