It’s impossible, of course, for flies to show human-like emotions, but the way in which flies react to visual threats may mirror what humans associate with fear.
To call the project “ambitious” would be an understatement.
Especially if you happen to be a fruit fly.
Curiously enough, for fruit flies, alcohol can help combat parasites.
One of the best "people are just meat" things I can think of -- not Earth-bound deities, but terribly designed biological machines full of shit and blood and complicated collections of cells -- is a study :released last year:http://www.economist.com/…
How's this for hilariously depressing: male fruit flies who have their sexual advances rejected drink alcohol far more heavily than males who are regularly having sex. Yes, you read that right. New research from a team at UC San Francisco have di…