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Warm Weather Makes Fruit Flies Sleepy, and Biology is to Blame

Scientists show that the pests are programmed to sleep at around midday, when the weather is warmest.

By Sam WaltersAug 19, 2022 12:40 PM
Fruit Flies
(Credit: Gallio Lab/Northwestern University)

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We want to believe that we’re completely different from fruit flies. But we actually share some serious similarities. In fact, beyond a mutual appreciation for berries and bananas, we both tend to tire out around the middle of the day — a tendency that we can blame on our brains.

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