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Maglev flies may help in space missions

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 14:06

London: A team of scientists has found that simulating weightlessness in fruit flies here on earth with the use of powerful magnets causes flies to walk more quickly — the same effect observed during similar experiments on the International Space Station.

These magnetically levitated flies can provide vital clues to how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space, said the researchers at The University of Nottingham.

Dr Richard Hill, an EPSRC research fellow in the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, is one of the researchers involved in the study.

The study has been published in the latest edition of the Royal Society journal Interface.


First Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 14:06
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