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Fly Inspires Better Hearing Aids

Researchers re-created a fly's unique hearing mechanism, which could lead to better hearing aids and spy tools.

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Imagine a world where a fly on the wall could help Grandpa Joe and James Bond. In July, researchers announced that one fly’s hypersensitive ears had inspired a cutting-edge hearing device. Ormia ochracea, a parasitic fly species, needs extremely accurate directional hearing to target its prey: crickets. But the fly’s ears are just half a millimeter apart — too close together to pinpoint a chirping cricket, which emits sound waves on a much larger scale, without some extra help....
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