Tag: "flight" at biology news
Computer imaging of Archeopteryx skull suggests this dinosaur-bird link could fly
...r to birds had a brain equipped to handle delicate flight
maneuvers. "This animal had huge eyes and a huge ...indings suggest it will also help define when bird flight
began. Dinosaurs found in China and elsewhere during the past decade have caused scientists to spec...
Putting GPS to work, researchers shed light on road-following by pigeons
...archers a clear and reliable picture of the birds' flight
paths. Over three years, the researchers analyzed more than 200 flight
paths of 20-80 km in length made by pigeons travelling toward their home loft from numerous release ...
Workforce achievements celebrated at NASA Marshall Center Awards ceremony
...-II, a new program designed to more rapidly create flight
simulations for spacecraft and launch vehicles. It is now the primary flight
simulation program for NASA. Marshall's Inventor of the Year Award acknowledges employees with pat...
Sleepless over Seattle: Migrating songbirds forgo sleep but keep their wits
...erstanding the mechanisms that power the sleepless flight
of songbirds promises to unravel one of the longstanding mysteries of their improbable journey. But it may also shed light on the origins of sleep-related seasonal disorders and the much-debated role of sleep itself....
Scientists receive awards, give lectures at the ASBMB/IUBMB meeting
...energic receptors that mediate the body's fight or flight
response as well as virtually all sensory receptors. His research is contributing to the development of a wide array of drugs to treat disorders including heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma and pain. The super family of seven membrane spann...
Earstones tell fishes' tale of early life in the Colorado River estuary
...eir lives. Otoliths act like the fish version of a flight
recorder. "You are what you swim in," she said, adding "Otoliths are great data loggers." The team's research shows that when they're young'uns, the fish prefer the brackish water provided by the mixing of fresh and ocean water in the estuary at the ...
Clemson University researcher reaches for the stars to prevent osteoporosis
...is an extension of an experiment on space shuttle flight
STS-108 in Dec. 2001, in which he collaborated with Amgen and the University of Colorado to fly mice treated with osteoprotegerin to examine the protein's ability to prevent spaceflight-induced bone loss in a pre-clinical model. "We're addressing...
Mimicking humpback whale flippers may improve airplane wing design
...stall would add a new margin of safety to aircraft flight
and also make planes more maneuverable. Drag -- the rearward force on an airplane wing -- affects how much fuel the airplane must consume during flight. Stall occurs when the air no longer flows smoothly over the top of the wing but separates from th...
DELTA mission and ESA astronaut dock with ISS
...rt of this programme started in Soyuz TMA-4 on the flight
to the ISS, with Kuipers carrying out procedures f... to the ISS on an unmanned Progress supply ship on flight
13P, launched on 29 January this year. Kuipers' activities on his first day on the ISS cover a major...
DELTA mission heading to ISS with Dutch ESA astronaut
...oliday marking the Queen's birthday. On the return flight
Andr Kuipers will be accompanied by the ISS Expedition 8 crew, Alexander Kaleri and Michael Foale, who arrived at the ISS on 20 October in the Soyuz TMA-3. They are being replaced by Padalka, the ISS Expedition 9 Commander and Fincke, the ISS Expedit...
Rensselaer receives NIH grant to develop virtual surgery simulator
...r patient outcomes." Surgery simulators, much like flight
simulators, are based on intense computer programming. To program realism of touch feedback from a surgical probe navigating through soft tissue, De must develop efficient computer models that perform 30 times faster than real-time graphics. This req...
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Research at the Interface of Biochemistry and Human Health
...energic receptors that mediate the body's fight or flight
response as well as virtually all sensory receptors. Since the beta adrenergic receptors respond to the hormone adrenaline, continuing research on these receptors in the Lefkowitz laboratory is contributing to the development of a wide range of drug...
Statistical technique helps researchers gain more information from a single data run
...y of atmospheric turbulence in which an additional flight
to gather data under similar conditions could be impossible. "Atmospheric scientists are very excited about wavelets because not only are they local and able to efficiently describe organized structures in turbulence, but they are also able to asses...
New findings bring mixed blessings to those looking to combat jet lag
...ytime sleepiness after a seven-time zone eastbound flight
and found that both drugs have positive effects on...ned during the last night (N-1) and day (D-1). The flight
was scheduled on Day 0 (D0) at 1500 (US time) for a seven-time-zone eastbound flight
to France. Subj...
Successful progress launch paves the way for further scientific utilisation of the ISS by Europe
... DLR, the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne. This flight
is also carrying elements of the rendezvous and docking system of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the European unmanned ISS supply spacecraft, similar in function - but not in size - to the Russian Progress. It will carry up to three times the ...
Separation day arrives for Mars Express and Beagle 2
...abilising its motion during the final stage of its flight
towards Mars. Since Beagle 2 does not have a propulsion system of its own, it must be carefully targeted at its destination. With Mars Express acting as a champion darts player aiming at a bullseye, Beagle 2 should be placed on a collision course wi...
Improved guidance systems for missiles will reduce collateral damage
...aircraft have multi-function displays of important flight
information including air traffic and terrain features that give pilots time to adjust their flight
plan. "Pilots and battlefield commanders have several satellite communication systems that link them...
Wanted: Innovations to feed the hungry
... sea, to the 20th century prizes for long-distance flight
given to Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. These prizes work well when governments or philanthropists anticipate that a breakthrough would be valuable, but are unlikely to be easily sold in the marketplace or obtained from university laboratorie...
Male flesh flies high-speed pursuit of females
ITHACA, N.Y. -- While examining the flight
behavior of flesh flies, Cornell University entomologists have discovered that males of the species ( Sarcophagidae: Neobellieria bullata ) -- traveling at very high speed, soaring in sexual pursuit and swiveling their heads like gun turrets -- lite...
Diet may improve cognition, slow aging, and help protect against cosmic radiation
...he hazard that an extended, three-years-long space flight
poses to the human nervous system. Highly radioactive, subatomic particles known as cosmic rays can cause severe damage to an astronaut's brain and central nervous system. To see if antioxidants might provide future space travelers some protection, R...
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