Elaine Meinel Supkis
German technicians used a laser cutter to make microscopic dark glasses for a fly. It is amazing what laser technology can do, my father founded one of the very first scientific institutes devoted only to laser and optic research, the Meinel Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.
An entry in a German science-photo competition, this image shows a fly sporting a set of "designer" lenses crafted and set in place with a cutting-edge laser technique. The glasses fit snuggly on the fly's 0.08-inch-wide (2-millimeter-wide) head.
Manufacturing firm Micreon GmbH submitted the insect's picture for the Bilder der Forschung (Photos of Science) 2005 competition. Selected images were on display last week in a Munich shopping center.
Amusing picture at the National Geographic. People don't realize how hairy flies really are. If we could see them this big in reality, we would all carry .45s and blast them with it just so we won't have to see the hairy monsters. And their buzzing would be deafening. Good thing they are very small. They still annoy the hell out of our horse as well as us. The dogs ignore them but snap at the bees.
The bees leave everyone but the dogs alone. For some reason, dogs bother them. Once, Akamaru, our youngest dog, stuck her nose into the entrance of their hive. She avoids them now.
Good thing flies don't sting. But horse flies bite and it hurts, ask Sparky. Flies are useful in nature. They eat smelly dead things. The whole world would smell really rancid if they weren't so busy eating carcasses. One wonders how many flies at dead Brontosaurus? Better not think of these things too much....