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Study uncovers the picky eating habits of earth’s largest mammal

Image: Craig Hayslip A recent study has gone against the idea of blue whales as indiscriminate filter-feeders, showing that they only dive for food of a certain quality. Blue whales, like all ‘baleen’ whales, feed by filling their mouth with seawater and pushing it back out with their tongue, sieving the food through hairy plates (baleen) on […]

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Flight dynamics: study suggests value of wing sensors

A new study from the University of Washington indicates that insects’ wings double up as sensitive gyroscopes. Gyroscopes are used to measure orientation, and are present in many devices, from phones to jets. Despite the precision with which many animals can control their bodies (such as when balancing or flying), we know of few gyroscopes […]