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The Planets To Scale [Pic]

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The Planets To Scale [Pic]. Damn, Jupiter, why you so big?
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Male, 50-59, Canada
 24956 Posts
Friday, July 20, 2012 6:47:33 AM
@Angilion: The joke? I was making one!
I'm just saying that Mother Nature is more amazing than "science" gives her credit for.

At the time the "flexable wings" of various insects wasn`t known. Flex-wings VASTLY improve the lifting power of bug wings, so YES (obviously) bumblebees CAN fly, we just didn`t know EXACTLY how for a while.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 11345 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:22:48 PM
It is physically impossible for bumblebees to fly.

No, it isn't. The claim that science shows that bumblebees aren`t able to fly is a combination of lack of understanding, urban myth and people trying to undermine science for religious reasons. It stems from applying equations regarding the flight of aeroplanes to bees. An aeroplane-sized bee moving as slowly as a bee wouldn`t be able to fly, which only proves that bees don`t fly in the same way as aeroplanes. Hardly a surprise.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2564 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:46:37 PM
The better to protect you from comets, my dear.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 24956 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 1:48:22 PM
It is physically impossible for bumblebees to fly.
Just sayin: nature is way cooler than we imagine.


Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:06:12 AM

pterodactyls didnt fly, they glided

Katsufumi Sato, a Japanese scientist, did calculations using modern birds and decided that it is impossible for a pterosaur to stay aloft. But in the book 'Posture, Locomotion, and Paleoecology of Pterosaurs` it is theorized that they were able to fly due to the oxygen-rich, dense atmosphere. Denser than what we have today.

However, both Katsufumi and the authors of the above book based their research on the now outdated theories of pterosaurs being seabird-like, and the size limit doesn`t apply to terrestrial pterosaurs.

So, pterodactyls did so fly! Mostly I base this on my desire to believe they did :) Just like in the Flintstones.

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