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A fly-inspired sound detector

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A fly-inspired sound detector

The parasitic fly Ormia ochracea has incredibly sharp hearing to track down the exact location of its victims—crickets. After studying the ears of these tiny, 1-centimeter-long insects, researchers have created a device that could be used as a hypersensitive hearing aid, Popular Mechanics reports. The work, described online today in Applied Physics Letters, could also come in handy to create gadgets that can pinpoint particular locations, such as where a gunshot came from, using only sound.

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