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Micromachines to Mimic Birds

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BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2009 – Using lasers and a water tank, an engineer hopes to use secrets gleaned from the aerodynamically unconventional flights of hummingbirds and other tiny birds and insects to help design tiny self-propelled flying surveillance devices. The research could also have biomedical and energy applications. Instead of the streamlined flow that occurs when air flows over the wing of a jet, fluid dynamics at the much smaller scale of hummingbird wings are characterized by a swirling, looping flow of air called a vortex, similar to that which is created by canoe paddles as they are pushed through the...Read full article

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