Thursday, December 6, 2007

The flight of the bumblebee and the numptee Huckabee

I am beginning to go off Mike Huckabee if, indeed, I was ever on him.

He is quoted today as saying "It's scientifically impossible for the bumblebee to fly, But the bumblebee, being unaware of these scientific facts, flies anyway."

That is, sadly, a whole hundredweight of steaming kangaroo dung.

In 1934 some scientists couldn't work out how a bumblebee could fly.

Since then, scientists have realised that the bumblebee flies more like a helicopter than a plane, and have worked out how it flies.

There is a website called Solutions2wellbeing here which explains all this:

The real challenge for science over time in understanding the flight of the bumble bee has not been in figuring out the aerodynamics of flight, but in figuring out the mechanics of flight. Today, science now knows that the bumble bee’s wings can move very fast, roughly 200 beats per second, which is 10 or 20 times the firing rate of neurons in the nervous system. Another discovery is that the wing muscles don’t actually expand and contact; they vibrate like rubber-bands. A single nerve impulse signals the wing muscle to vibrate the wings up and down a few times until the next impulse occurs.

It is worrying that a candidate to be President of the United States is repeating a seventy year old myth.

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