Sharp-edged wings cut turbulence for little drones

A bird- and bug-inspired wing design could keep wind and other obstacles from batting around small fixed-wing drones and boost their battery efficiency.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry drones wings

To grab nectar, moths rely on split-second timing

To extract nectar from flowers while in flight, moths depend on precise, millisecond timing between their brain and muscles.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology brains flight muscles wings

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 • futurity
Nov. 8, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: science-and-technology drones flight mating mosquitoes wings

For plane wings, metal foam may beat aluminum

A super sturdy kind of metal foam outperforms aluminum in tests to determine its suitability for the leading edge of airplane wings.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology airplanes aluminum foam materials-science metals wings

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 • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology bats flight muscles temperature wings

‘Borrowed’ virus genes put wings on some pea aphids

Crowded conditions prompt pea aphids to have offspring with wings. Viral genes in the insects' genomes let that happen, research finds.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
June 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology evolution genes insects viruses wings

Fruit fly wings hint at how human organs form

The way fruit flies grow their wings could one day help diagnose and treat human genetic diseases.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 26, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology cells genes wings

This is the perfect wing shape for speedy flight

The perfect wing shape not only makes for faster flying, but could also help us generate more energy from water.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Jan. 30, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds flight renewable-energy wings

CRISPR pinpoints gene that switches butterfly wing color

Many butteflies use their wings to mimic other species to protect themselves from predators. Now, a new study shows how just one gene is key to their color.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago • futurity
Oct. 25, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology butterflies colors genes wings

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