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Flapping Baby Birds Provide Clues To Origin Of Flight
2014-09-02 03:34:43

By Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their “arms” to get aloft? The answer is buried 150 million years in the past, but a new University of California, Berkeley, study provides a new piece of evidence – birds have an innate ability to maneuver in midair, a talent that could have helped their ancestors learn...

Airbags Take The Weight In ACTE G-III Loads Tests
2014-06-18 03:05:00

NASA Technicians at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory recently completed structural evaluations on a modified Gulfstream G-III aircraft that will serve as a test bed for the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project. The loads tests assisted engineers in predicting the levels of structural stress the airplane will likely experience during ACTE research flights. And for the first time, some unusual hardware aided the process: the aircraft was...

2014-05-15 23:11:41

One of the most renowned breast reconstruction centers in the world, PRMA, successfully performed 60 DIEP flap reconstructions in April. San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) May 15, 2014 PRMA Plastic Surgery announced today that in the month of April the surgeons performed a record breaking 60 DIEP flap breast reconstructions. This makes PRMA one of very few breast reconstruction centers in the world to achieve such a high number of successful DIEP flaps in one month. The DIEP flap is the most...

2014-03-06 23:26:00

PRMA Plastic Surgery announced today the completion of its 5,000th perforator flap breast reconstruction. San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) March 06, 2014 One of the world’s largest and most renowned breast reconstruction centers hit a milestone this week, performing its 5,000th microsurgical breast reconstruction. San Antonio’s PRMA Plastic Surgery announced its achievement today. “This is a huge accomplishment for our team,” says PRMA co-founder Dr. Peter Ledoux. “We started out as a...

Birds Of A Feather: V Formation Of Bird Flight Explained
2014-01-16 04:52:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By fitting data loggers onto a flock of birds, researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in London have discovered why the creatures typically fly in a distinctive V formation, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Nature. According to BBC News, Dr. Steven Portugal and his colleagues discovered that birds strategically position themselves in the optimal position, gaining lift from the bird in...

2013-11-19 23:26:41

PRMA Plastic Surgery continues to advance DIEP flap breast reconstruction. San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) November 19, 2013 A new study by PRMA Plastic Surgery uncovers a technique that prevents complications in breast reconstruction. The study, published in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open in October, finds that the use of a second vein during DIEP flap surgery, a procedure that rebuilds the patient’s breasts after mastectomy using her own tummy skin and fat, can significantly...

2011-06-23 15:41:35

Why don't you ever see baby pigeons? For the same reason you don't see many chicks: they can't fly. It can take months for their partially developed wings and flight muscles to become airworthy, and by then the youngsters are almost fullygrown. However, long before their maiden flight, pigeon chicks probably put their developing wings to use, flapping as they run up steep branches. Brandon Jackson from the University of Montana, USA, explains that Ken Dial and his son first noticed this...

2011-06-03 12:59:26

Wang's research team discovered the sandwich microstructure of dragonfly wing veins [Wang et al. Compos Sci & Technol, 2008; 68: 186-192] and recently revealed the organic junction between these longitudinal veins and membranes of the dragonfly wing [Chen and Wang et al. Chinese Sci Bull, 2011; 56: 1658-1660]. Based on observed microstructural model and previously reported model about the main longitudinal veins and membrane, in which the former is based on the tubular model with sandwich...

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2010-02-22 12:59:09

For some years, the Wind Energy Division at Risø DTU has been working to develop a method for controlling the loads on large wind turbine blades using a flexible trailing edge made of an elastic material which can be controlled by means of compressed air or hydraulics. Now, the invention, which has been called CRTEF (Controllable Rubber Trailing Edge Flap), has been tested in a wind tunnel with promising results. Today's wind turbine blades, which can measure more than 60 meters in...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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