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06-06-12, 05:50 PM
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If you had a collision with something 50 times your weight, it would probably (pun intended) have a major impact. But mosquitos do this all the time. Raindrops can weigh 50 times more than a mosquito, yet the animals thrive in rainy and humid areas. For some perspective, imagine walking down the street and suddenly being hit by a mass of water with the weight of a Chevy Suburban.

Fortunately for our collective curiosity, a group of mechanical engineers and biologists from Georgia Tech, led by Professor David Hu (http://www.me.gatech.edu/hu/), decided to figure out how the pests manage it.

During a thunderstorm, a mosquito would likely be hit about every 25 seconds. They obviously arenā??t dodging raindrops, as appealing as the mental image may be.

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