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Bee Movie Physics



First of all, unpopular opinion: The Bee Movie is awesome. It's funny, and cute, and you can't go wrong with Jerry Seinfeld.  But as with any kids movie, the physics are way way off. What I found interesting though, was the movie's own mention of faulty physics, in the bees and their ability to fly. People always say that bees aren't supposed to be able to fly and scientists don't know how they can, but I called baloney and looked it up. The movie begins with a line "According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly." Which is wrong. Turns out, scientists have figured it out, and the reason they hadn't before is pretty funny. They studied flight by comparing it to manmade aircrafts, instead of isolating animal behavior. Obviously insect flight won't always obey humans so called "laws of aviation". Bees have a freedom with their flight, and are able to change their wingspan in order to increase amplitude, without increasing the frequency of their wingbeats, which is higher than smaller bugs. This centuries old argument of the incapability of science can finally be put to rest. So don't worry Barry, we've finally got you figured out, keep flying buddy.




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