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Mon, 8th Feb 2016

Up in the air

Doug Altshuler, University of British Columbia

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The ability of an animal to manoeuvre is fundamental to its survival and is the product of millions of years of evolution. So itís surprising then that we havenít really got a way to quantify manoeuverability and thatís largely because itís extremely hard to study in an objective and consistent way. But the University of British Columbiaís Doug Altshuler and his colleagues have now managed to do this for the first time by spending literally years painstakingly recording birds in a hummingbirdspecial flight chamber and using a computer to extract the relevant flight metrics...

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