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Science Discovers How Flies Perceive Motion By Using Tiny Fly Treadmills [VIDEO]

Will we ever get sick of making tiny versions of human things? Please say no.

We just told you about the scientists who developed tiny camera helmets for falcons to study their hunting patterns; now, we bring you science's excuse for creating teeny treadmills for houseflies. They're using them to study how flies perceive motion! It's totally not just because they wanted to build a microscopic fly treadmill. No way.

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Here’s a Surprisingly Calming Hour of a Nickel Rolling on a Treadmill [Video]

What happens when you set a coin rolling on a treadmill? Will it keep rolling perpetually until outside forces cause it stop? That's a good question, and one that we can safely say has an answer now. YouTube user Parker Reed set out to, well, it's not really clear what he set out to accomplish. Whatever it was, Reed ended up setting a nickel rolling on a treadmill and recorded an entire hour worth of video. It's actually a surprisingly zen 60 minutes of a single rolling coin and treadmill background noise.

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