Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

The way a mosquito uses its wings to make special sounds to attract a mate could lead to ways to build quieter drones, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins University | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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How flies stick a landing upside down could inspire new robots

The way insects land upside down in the blink of an eye could inspire the next generation of robots, researchers say.

Megan Lakatos-Penn State | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry flies flight insects robots

Bats fly around with cold wing muscles

The muscles in bats’ wings are much cooler than the muscles in their core. The finding could one day enhance our understanding of human muscle.

Brown University | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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How birds perch could lead to nimbler flying robots

Engineers hope that watching how a bird can stick a landing on a non-stick surface will help them design better flying robots.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Aug. 7, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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In flocks of birds, couples stick together

Flocks of birds aren't one cohesive unit. Instead, mated pairs of birds within the flock are most loyal to each other.

Andrew Myers-Stanford | May 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Hummingbird robot flies and hovers like the real thing

Hummingbird robots that learn from A.I. could one day maneuver through tight spaces where even drones can't go.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | May 10, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Check out the tiny muscles birds use to fly

Scientists want to know: Do birds wishbones bend during flight? New imaging technology is helping them solve the mystery.

Eric Stann-Missouri | May 1, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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Insect wings inspire drone that can handle serious wind

The new drone design can fold its wings to better navigate windy weather.

Chris Adam-Purdue | April 26, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

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How will flying cars affect the environment?

Flying cars could soon move from science fiction to reality. But how sustainable will they be?

Jim Erickson-Michigan | April 10, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

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Artificial light makes birds fly into buildings at night

When people leave lights on at night, birds get disoriented and send calls to other birds that may lead them to their deaths.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | April 5, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

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