The University of Cambridge has begun a new web series to give people a look at the cutting-edge science of the "natural and man-made world in stunning close-ups". We have the first three videos in the series.
You've probably never seen the difference between a beetle's and a fruit fly's eye before. Most likely, it has never even crossed your mind that there was a difference. In this short video, you'll see both up close and learn how insect eyes have inspired motion-sensing equipment and other technologies:
Would you believe that the entire foot of a fruit fly is the same width as a strand of human hair? It is, but don't write it off as simplistic. It's a complex appendage with sensors to smell and feel touch and a crazy claw that allows the fly to land upside down:
How does studying the development of mice help us learn more about human pregnancy? Here Erica Watson tells you how:
Stay tuned to Cambridge's YouTube channel for upcoming episodes on killer T-cells, nano-wires, fish-skeletons and more in the coming months. The university will post a new episode to the series every Monday and Thursday.
This article has been updated since its original posting.