For over the last 20 years, Michael Dickinson has been asked many times the question why are flies so hard to swat? Until now, he hasn’t had an answer to their question. Dickinson used high resolution and high speed digital imaging of fruit flies when they were faced with a swatter. He observed that the fly notices with its brain where the threat is coming from, and quickly thinks of a way to escape the danger. It is able to do this is an amazing 100 milliseconds. This shows the flies brain is able to comprehend and notice things at an amazing speed. For the full article, click here.
The discovery really shows how much our modern technology is able to do. Knowing how flies are able to evade us so easily isn’t that important, but the fact that we are able to notice things so small moving as quickly as they do means these high speed digital cameras can really help us see anything we want to on problems much more serious or threatening.