Bugs can be useful?but most of the time, they’re annoying?especially flies. Scientists have finally figured out why they’re so hard to swat!

It turns out that flies (unlike most humans) have an incredible ability to plan ahead. They can quickly see where a threat is coming from, so they can dodge our swatters before they reach them.

In BBC News, Matt McGrath quotes researcher Michael Dickinson as saying, “We’ve found that when the fly makes planning movements prior to take-off, it takes into account its body position at the time it first sees the threat. Our experiments showed that the fly somehow ‘knows’ whether it needs to make large or small postural changes.”
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When Art Bell and I published “Superstorm” in 1999, we were criticized as being sensationalists who brought environmentalism a bad name, and hurt the movement. In 2004, when “the Day After Tomorrow”, the film inspired by our book, was released, we received humiliating press treatment, and the film was generally condemned, once again, as being too sensationalistic.

Throughout this whole process, I continued to make the argument that it was NOT sensationalistic at all, but rather that it accurately reflected a type of climate change event that has been well documented. Now, however, two major new pieces of information have emerged that make me repeat my warning: sudden climate change is, indeed, VERY sudden, and it is staring us right in the face right now.
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