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New Study Sheds Light On How Fruit Flies Live Without Sleeping

In new research, scientists provided proof that sleep is not as necessary for survival as previously believed. The study findings suggested that sleep may not be crucial to perform basic biological functions the way food does.

Animals February 23, 2019

Eating Fruits During Pregnancy May Boost Child's IQ

Eating fruits during pregnancy may boost a child's IQ, a new study has found. Prenatal fruit consumption specifically resulted in higher scores in cognitive tests when the children reached 1 year of age.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 29, 2016

Here's Why Fruit Flies Have Giant Sperm

Fruit flies have giant sperm, a new study found. Scientists also discovered the reason the species developed this as well as its implications in sexual selection.

Animals May 29, 2016

Flyception: Researchers Develop Imaging Technique To Monitor Brain Activity of Freely Walking Fruit Fly

'Flyception' is a new brain imaging system that tracks fruit fly brain while the creature is in a state of courtship - a promising look into what goes on during mating and other neural processes in the brain.

Animals May 18, 2016

Flies Can Help In Understanding Brain Injuries: Study

Fruit flies may be diminutive in size, but they’ve been helping the scientific community gain a better understanding of many things involving the body for years. Most recently, researchers tapped fruit flies to understand traumatic brain injuries better.

Neuroscience May 13, 2016

Gene Explains Link Between Lack Of Sleep And Increased Appetite

There may be a link connecting sleep deprivation and increased appetite. By using fruit flies, researchers have found a gene that modulates sleep in response to metabolic changes.

Life March 28, 2016

Social Environment Can Affect Sexual Orientation, Fruit Fly Study Suggests

Japanese scientists have discovered how a fruitless gene mutation can alter sexual behavior in male fruit flies raised in groups. Those with the mutated gene tend to pursue other male fruit flies without direct stimulation or sex pheromone priming.

Life February 24, 2016

Scientists Genetically Modified Fruit Flies By Keeping Them In The Dark For 60 Years

For more than six decades, scientists at Kyoto University have been studying the effects of external factors on the genome of the typical fruit fly — and if it can change particular factors of its genetic makeup. The answer? Yes.

Animals February 9, 2016

Fruit Fly Study Identifies Gene For New Species

A team of researchers have found a hybrid inviability gene that is linked to the ability of species to successfully breed with others. It is believed that the gene is responsible for causing organisms such as fruit flies to have dead or infertile offspring.

Earth/Environment December 18, 2015

Drug Used To Treat Liver Disease May Also Slow Down Parkinson's

A drug used for treating liver disease appears to have potentials in slowing down the progression of Parkinson's disease in a study involving fruit flies.

Life August 12, 2015

Fruit Flies Show They May Be Self-Aware By Playing A Video Game

Scientists set up fruit flies to essentially play a virtual reality video game to test whether these insects are self-aware. Their results suggest that the flies were actually aware they were controlling the avatars on the screen.

July 24, 2015

Attractive Females May Suffer From Too Much Male Attention

Experts have found that female fruit flies that have increased egg-laying capabilities are more attractive to male fruit flies. However, this same attribute hinders them from adapting to new environments.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2015

Fruit Flies Show Fear And May Have Other Emotions As Well

Fear may be felt by fruit flies that see the shadow of an object overhead. What could this tell us about emotions in other species?

Animals May 14, 2015

Fruit Fly Experiment Shows Extra Sleep May Improve Memory

Can sleep improve memory? Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine show, with the help of fruit flies, that adding extra hours of sleep can help the brain overcome memory-related problems.

Life April 28, 2015

Certain Brain Cells Responsible for Group Behavior in Flies

There are many things a fruit fly can do and one of them is to work well with other fruit flies as guided by a specific part of their brains, says a study.

December 27, 2014

These insects enjoy a buzz: Study finds flies are attracted to beer

Researchers have discovered that fruit flies are attracted to the smell of beer because of specific aromas from genes in brewer's yeast. The study shows that the flies and yeast both benefit from the relationship.

Internet Culture October 11, 2014

Truvia artificial sweetener can moonlight as human-safe pesticide. Don't believe it? Ask the fruit fly

Erythritol, a natural sweetener found in some fruits, is toxic to fruit flies, and could become a safe pesticide.

June 7, 2014

Fruit flies escape getting swatted by banking like advanced fighter jets: Research

While fruit flies have brains the size of salt grains, they exhibit remarkable computational abilities. Scientists have observed fruit flies dodging simulated swats with fighter jet-like precision and maneuverability.

April 13, 2014

Trying to swat a fly? Scientists find out why you missed

Flies found capable of maneuvering like a fighter jet to avoid the fly swatter. When threatened, they roll as they turn, five times faster than usual.

April 10, 2014

Scientists use laser to mind-control flies and turn them into sex maniacs

Scientists were surprised to learn that a laser beam can be used to flip a fly’s mating switch. Getting hit by laser beams has caused a number of flies to attempt to mate with the nearest object.

Animals March 8, 2014

Sex starved males live shorter (fruit flies, at least)

A new research suggests that sex-starved fruit flies have shorter life span.

Animals December 1, 2013

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