Nature’s Drone, Pretty and Deadly

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Natalie Angier - The New York Times

Robert Olberg, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of Life Sciences, has spent years researching the role a tiny set of visual neurons play in allowing dragonflies to track and lock in on mosquitoes and other prey with amazing accuracy.

Last year, he was part of a team of researchers on a paper, "Eight pairs of descending visual neurons in the dragonfly give wing motor centers accurate population vector of prey direction," published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), one of the world's most-cited multidisciplinary scientific journals.

The research was cited in a piece that appeared in Science Times of the New York Times. To read the piece, click here.