News Focus2013 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting

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Science  25 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6118, pp. 391
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6118.391-b

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Shedding light on how moths track flowers blowing in the wind, researchers studied the moths' aerial responses to robotic flowers swaying at different speeds in different light levels. The result: The moth brain can function even in dim conditions because it takes more time to gather light and produce an image. Coralline algae may dominate the most wave-swept shores because of one-cell-thick joints where the cells are like cables—attached at the top and bottom to the calcified parts but not to each other. Thus, if one cell in a joint fails, the fatigue doesn't spread to the rest.