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The fly-drinking equipment faithfully picked up this electrical noise and recorded
it. When, however, a fly stood on the painted tip of the tube and lowered his
proboscis for a drink, he short-circuited the sixty-cycle with no ill-effects to himself.
The obvious way for a fly to forestall drying up is to drink copiously, but how does
it know when it is drying up? In other words, how does a fly know when it is thirsty
? A person may become thirsty not only by losing water but by gaining salt.
The tsetse fly, which feeds exclusively on blood, is almost immediately killed by a
drink of water. It seems that there is after all a modicum of truth in the assertion of
topers that water is toxic. When we injected a variety of fluids into our thirsty fly ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review