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Male peacocks shake their brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers to attract females in a courtship display known as "train-rattling". But scientists had never closely examined the biomechanics behind this behaviour -- until now. A new paper in PLOS One concludes that the frequency at which those feathers vibrate can enhance this iridescent display -- even as the eyespots remain almost perfectly still.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Male peacocks shake their brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers to attract females in a courtship display known as "train-rattling". But scientists had never closely examined the biomechanics behind this behaviour -- until now. A new paper in PLOS One concludes that the frequency at which those feathers vibrate can enhance this iridescent display -- even as the eyespots remain almost perfectly still.