Sunday, April 29, 2012

Back in Action

After over a week away (EB2012 and writing a grant proposal for the Office of Naval Research) Aero Evo is back in action. Multiple posts planned for later today - stay tuned.

One cool note of relevance to animal flight from EB2012: apparently the arborescent ganglia of honeybees become considerably more robust once they begin flying regularly.  The onset of flight is associated with a metabolic boost, and that might be related to the expansion of the neural architecture.  However, it also possible that the visual stimulus is important (flying animals need to keep track of rapidly changing horizon lines, etc).  More on this in a bit.

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