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Kazuya Saito

Japanese scientists put a transparent artificial wing on a ladybug to see how the insects fold and store their stiff flying wings. Why? They propose it could inform the design of satellites, aircraft, and everyday objects like fans and umbrellas.

How it works: Using high-speed cameras, the researchers saw that the insects use the edge and lower part of the hard outer elytra to fold the wings like origami while at the same time lifting their abdomens to pull their soft hindwings into their storage space.

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Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.

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