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Scientists have discovered how hummingbirds manage to fly like insects despite the limitations of their bird skeletons.

A twist of the wrist: Scientists have discovered how hummingbirds manage to fly like insects, despite the limitations of their bird skeletons.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • Dwight Decker

    I remember when I lived in Phoenix several years ago, in the gloaming of a desert twilight, seeing what I first thought was a flock of hummingbirds from the way they were moving and flitting about. Turned out to be a swarm of large moths, big enough to be approaching hummingbird size. Made me think of evolutionary forces at work — in a certain size range and with a need to do much the same sort of thing to make a living at that scale, Nature’s engineering is going to come up with some of the same solutions for both birds and insects.

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