Fruit Flies are Better at Calculus than You

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Some researchers at Cornell University have been studying the way fruit flies respond to gusty winds. They've found that the wing neurons are able to react without input from the brain to more quickly respond to changing wind conditions. Reported by the New York Times : "Whatever the fly neurons are doing, they have the right stuff. The wings of fruit flies beat about 250 times a second. Disturb a fly's flight in an extreme way, Dr. Cohen said, and 'within three wing beats that sucker has recovered completely.'"

The research papers can be found here and here .

Re: where is intelligence located (Score: 3, Informative)

by on 2014-03-21 11:56 (#QV)

This article suggests muscles retain information about the individual's past muscular fitness and ability through use of DNA. DNA memory coupled with millions of years of selective evolution would create some pretty efficient muscular systems (If said memory can be passed down through offspring).
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