New book finds Gaia Hypothesis implausible
A new book presents the first detailed and comprehensive analysis of the famous Gaia Hypothesis, and finds it to be inconsistent with modern evidence.
Hummingbird evolution soared after they invaded South America 22 million years ago
A newly constructed family tree of the hummingbirds, published today in the journal Current Biology, tells a story of a unique group of birds that originated in Europe, passed through Asia and North Americ ...
Japanese researcher unveils 'hummingbird robot'
Japanese researchers said Monday they had developed a "hummingbird robot" that can flutter around freely in mid-air with rapid wing movements.
How the hummingbird's tongue really works (w/ video)
How hummingbirds evolved to fly at high altitude
(Phys.org) —High up in the Andes, numerous species of hummingbirds are thriving despite low levels of oxygen.
Study shows hovering hummingbirds generate two trails of vortices under their wings, challenging one-vortex consensus
As of today, the Wikipedia entry for the hummingbird explains that the bird's flight generates in its wake a single trail of vortices that helps the bird hover. But after conducting experiments with hummi ...
Maple seeds and animals exploit the same trick to fly (w/Video)
The twirling seeds of maple trees spin like miniature helicopters as they fall to the ground. Because the seeds descend slowly as they swirl, they can be carried aloft by the wind and dispersed over great ...
How hummingbirds fight the wind: Robotic device helps analyze hovering birds
Hummingbirds rank among the world's largest and most accomplished hovering animals, but how do they manage it in gusty winds?
Bird fossil sheds light on how swift and hummingbird flight came to be
A tiny bird fossil discovered in Wyoming offers clues to the precursors of swift and hummingbird wings. The fossil is unusual in having exceptionally well-preserved feathers, which allowed the researchers ...
Research pair uncover secret of hummingbirds' ability to fly in the rain (w/ Video)
New species abound in Peru, but so do threats
Each year, a new bird is found and every four years a new mammal discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, a haven for biodiversity where conservation and danger often go hand in hand.
Tiny UAVs and hummingbirds are put to test
Where have all the hummingbirds gone?
(Phys.org) -- The glacier lily as it's called, is a tall, willowy plant that graces mountain meadows throughout western North America. It flowers early in spring, when the first bumblebees and hummingbirds ...
Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old history of remarkable change is far from complete
The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree—reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species—tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long ...