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'Magic Carpet' Modeled After Manta Ray
2011-09-30 11:18:41

A team at Princeton University has developed a four-inch transparent magic carpet. The team, lead by graduate student Noah Jafferis, created a flying carpet based on the manta ray that utilizes piezoelectric actuators and sensors.  The electric current flexes the sheet into waves that drive tiny pockets of air across the sheet. The prototype moves at about 120 feet per hour and only travels a few inches high above the ground. Jafferis said he is working on a solar powered...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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