17 June 2020
Vol 5, Issue 43

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ONLINE COVER Lab on Wires. Understanding how insects fly may inspire future developments in micro-aerial robotics. However, studying the free-flight of insects can be challenging due to their high speed of motion and small size. Furthermore, existing approaches to study insect flight can cause the insect to fly unnaturally, thus limiting any insight gained. Pannequin et al. track the free-flight of insects in natural conditions with limited disturbance using a cable robot called "lab-on-cables." The cable robot is an open cage mounted with cameras. The cage, attached to cables, moves automatically with the flying insect to track the insect's flight. This month's cover is a photograph of the lab-on-cables. [CREDIT: D. MARTINEZ]