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2014-02-19 12:22:17

Small Flying Vehicles, Complete with Flapping Wings, may Emerge from Study of Fruit Bats WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By exploring how creatures in nature are able to fly by flapping their wings, Virginia Tech researchers hope to apply that knowledge toward designing small flying vehicles known as "micro air vehicles" with flapping wings. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130627/DC39790LOGO) More than 1,000 species of bats have hand membrane wings,...

Building Better Aircraft Based On Bat Wing Motions
2014-02-18 12:57:54

[ Watch the Video: Bats Inspire Next-Gen Aircraft ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers are studying how bats flap their wings in hopes it will help in designing small flying vehicles in the future. The team studied how bats use their wings to manipulate the air around them and wrote about their findings in a paper published in the journal Physics of Fluids. Over 1,000 bat species have hand membrane wings in which their fingers are “webbed” and are...

flying jellyfish drone
2014-01-16 07:56:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists at New York University announced Wednesday that they have built a prototype of the world’s first jellyfish drone. The tiny, electrically powered machine weighs in at just 2.1 grams and can hover in a stable manner without the use of sensors, recover from disturbances and maneuver in ways resembling a flying jellyfish, the researchers said. Previous designs for so-called flapping wing aircraft, or ornithopters, have...

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...

Owls' Noiseless Wings May One Day Inspire Quieter Aircraft, Wind Turbines
2013-11-25 05:02:43

[ Watch the Video: Aerodynamic Inspiration From Silent Owl Wings ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Learning how owls use acoustic stealth to surprise their prey could one day help engineers improve the design of airplanes, submarines and wind turbines, according to research presented Sunday morning at an American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics event in Pittsburgh. Several different owl species have developed specialized plumage to essentially...

Analyzing New Vortical Flows Over A 76/40 Double Delta Wing Using Detached-eddy Simulations
2013-06-28 14:34:48

Science China Press The double delta wing is a simplified configuration used for studying aircraft aerodynamics. It is composed of a highly-swept delta wing connected in front of the main delta wing with a smaller sweep, reflecting the combination of a leading edge extension and the swept main wing. The aerodynamic performance of such wings, which includes the behavior of the leeside vortical flows at moderate and high angles of attack (AoA) at low speed, is of research interest. The...

2013-05-01 23:01:11

Wize Guys Comedy, an online network aimed at providing progressive, over-the-top comedy to viewers has recently partnered with the growing YouTube giant, Fullscreen, Inc. to release all new material this summer. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013 Wize Guys Comedy, an online network aimed at providing progressive, over-the-top comedy to viewers has recently partnered with the growing YouTube giant, Fullscreen, Inc. to release all new material this summer. New programming will be featured...

Robotic Bat Wing Created By Brown University Team
2013-02-22 06:10:26

[ Watch the Video: Researchers Build A Robotic Bat Wing ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Searching for the secrets of bat flight, researchers have built a robotic bat wing which mimics the wing shape and motion of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat. The wing is designed to flap when attached to a force transducer - which records the aerodynamic forces generated by the moving wind - in a wind tunnel. Researchers can then evaluate the energy required to execute wing...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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