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March 26 2014 4:57 PM

The Amazing Complexity of the Fly

Nature’s machines are much more complicated than ours.

Using a fly attached to a rotating platform, researchers have been able to watch the insect's flight muscles in action. State-of-the-art X-ray technology captured a stunningly complex system at work.

Video by Reuters.

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