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2010-11-22 08:29:09

Robotic device built in New Mexico helps analyze hovering birds Hummingbirds rank among the world's largest and most accomplished hovering animals, but how do they manage it in gusty winds? A team of researchers at New Mexico State University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, and Continuum Dynamics Inc. has built a robotic hummingbird wing to discover the answer, which they describe today at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD)...

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2010-09-16 07:32:00

Air Force Office of Scientific Research-sponsored researcher, Dr. Robert Wood of Harvard University is leading the way in what could become the next phase of high-performance micro air vehicles for the Air Force. His basic research is on track to evolve into robotic, insect-scale devices for monitoring and exploration of hazardous environments, such as collapsed structures, caves and chemical spills. "We are developing a suite of capabilities which we hope will lead to MAVs that exceed the...

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2010-09-03 11:41:16

Microrobots could be used for search and rescue, agriculture, environmental monitoring Engineers at Harvard University have created a millionth-scale automobile differential to govern the flight of minuscule aerial robots that could someday be used to probe environmental hazards, forest fires, and other places too perilous for people. Their new approach is the first to passively balance the aerodynamic forces encountered by these miniature flying devices, letting their wings flap...

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2009-11-18 05:55:00

CFD visualization used at Wright State University to study the complex flow physics of dragonfly flight Most students caught hanging out in the school parking lot during class might find themselves in a bit of trouble, but for Dr. Haibo Dong's grad students, it's a study requirement.   "They've been out there all morning trying to catch a few dragonflies," he laughs. "We have a high-speed camera in the lab, but don't have any subjects to film. Catching them can be hard because...

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2009-09-18 07:10:00

Modeling the aerodynamic secrets of one of Nature's most efficient flyers Researchers are one step closer to creating a micro-aircraft that flies with the maneuverability and energy efficiency of an insect after decoding the aerodynamic secrets of insect flight. Dr John Young, from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, and a team of animal flight researchers from Oxford University's Department of Zoology, used high-speed digital video cameras to film locusts in action in a...

2009-09-15 09:17:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Alain Groenendaal, CEO of Wing, a leading full-service marketing communications agency focused on the intersection of the U.S. Hispanic, Latin American and general markets, today announced the agency has rebranded as Wing (www.insidewing.com). A WPP agency known for its pioneering campaigns for clients such as P&G and Goya, the agency is introducing a new name, logo and website to more accurately reflect the growing influence of U.S. Hispanics--the...

2009-07-08 14:36:36

A U.S. study shows not all insects have rigid wings, with some insects, such as moths, having wings that flex and deform during flight. University of Washington researchers said most scientists who study the mechanics and aerodynamics of insect flight have assumed insect wings are relatively rigid as they flap. But the researchers in the new study, led by biology Professor Thomas Daniel, used high-speed digital imaging to show some insects' wings flex and deform while in flight. The evidence...

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2009-06-29 17:00:00

Most scientists who create models trying to understand the mechanics and aerodynamics of insect flight have assumed that insect wings are relatively rigid as they flap.New University of Washington research using high-speed digital imaging shows that, at least for some insects, wings that flex and deform, something like what happens to a heavy beach towel when you snap it to get rid of the sand, are the best for staying aloft."The evidence indicates that flexible wings are producing profoundly...

2009-03-17 06:50:00

Mooch, an advanced peer-to-peer video game trading site, has opened its free beta to the public; Mooch (http://www.mooch.com) offers gamers a way to save money by trading their used games with each other in lieu of trading them in at retail stores ATLANTA, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Mooch, LLC announced the launch of a new peer-to-peer video game trading site. After two years of development, Mooch is now offering a limited number of free accounts during the beta at http://www.mooch.com....

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2008-11-10 12:22:06

As if the drivers of mini vans and utility vehicles needed any more encouragement to drive fast between jobs, US researchers have designed a new rear spoiler for bluff-backed vehicles that can reduce drag and lift significantly. Writing in the International Journal of Vehicle Design, the team describes how the new spoiler could improve fuel consumption as well as vehicle handling. Inchul Kim of Metacomp Technologies, in Agoura Hills, California, working with Xin Geng and Hualei Chen of the...


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