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Scientists are trying to figure out how birds hover, soar and glide

October 31, 2019

Human have been staring at birds with jealousy for centuries. These magnificent creatures are soaring high in the…
How male dragonflies adapt wing color to temperature

January 28, 2019

New research from Case Western Reserve University in how dragonflies may adapt their wing color to temperature differences…
Fossil study sheds light on ancient butterfly wing colours

April 16, 2018

Pioneering new research has given an illuminating new insight into the metallic, iridescent colours found on the earliest…
Insects took off when they evolved wings

January 30, 2018

The evolution of wings not only allowed ancient insects to become the first creatures on Earth to take…
A mosquito’s secret weapon: a light touch and strong wings

October 20, 2017

Scientists have found the key to mosquitoes’ stealth takeoffs: They barely push off when making a fast getaway,…
Surprising Insights Into the White Spots on Butterfly Wings

July 3, 2017

A collaboration between biologists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania is yielding new insights into the…
New study sheds light on how mosquitoes wing it

March 31, 2017

Much is known about mosquito behaviour but scientists have long had questions about the aerodynamics of how they…
How the lepidoptera got its spots

June 16, 2016

By tweaking just one or two genes, Cornell researchers have altered the patterns on a butterfly’s wings. It’s…
Honeybees more likely to regulate hive’s ‘thermostat’ during rapid temperature increases, study finds

May 11, 2016

Honeybees use their wings to cool down their hives when temperatures rise, but new University of Colorado Boulder…
Researchers Document How Broadbills Make Loud Wing Song

April 7, 2016

Broadbills — birds found in some parts of Africa — produce a startlingly loud sound that they make…
Researchers Learn How The Bat Got Its Wings

March 29, 2016

An international team of scientists, including groups from UC San Francisco, Gladstone Institutes, and the University of Cape…
Flying Wing-Shaped Experimental Airplane Validating New Wing Design Method

March 24, 2016

Future aircraft fuel efficiency could be dramatically increased thanks to ideas validated with increasingly complex subscale, experimental, remotely…
Monarchs’ Wings Yield Clues to Their Birthplaces

January 27, 2016

A newly published study of California’s overwintering monarch butterflies confirmed many previous migratory studies. But the findings also showed…
Genetic ‘paint box’ shuffled between butterfly species to create new wing patterns

January 18, 2016

New research on butterfly genomes has revealed that the genetic components that produce different splotches of colour on…
Crunching numbers: Math equations help to build optimal bird wing

September 29, 2015

If you had to design a bird or dolphin drone from scratch, how would you build the wings?…
New Wing Shape Tested in Wind Tunnel

September 22, 2015

Researchers at two NASA aeronautics centers validated elements of a wing design that could greatly improve the efficiency…
Cyclone Racing adds wings to formula racer, looks for quicker laps on track

June 8, 2015

Roger Steinforth has been through all the data from all the computer simulations. And he thinks adding wings…
What happens when you put a hummingbird in a wind tunnel?

April 9, 2015

Hummingbirds on the Berkeley campus keep a sweet secret. If they’re lucky, they get invited to Robert Dudley’s…
New research suggests insect wings might serve gyroscopic function

March 19, 2015

Gyroscopes measure rotation in everyday technologies, from unmanned aerial vehicles to cell phone screen stabilizers. Though many animals…
Beating bird wings generate electricity for data collector

March 10, 2015

A technology that generates electricity from the beating wings of birds, bats or even moths could produce enough…
Bats inspire ‘micro air vehicle’ designs

February 19, 2014

This is the time history of coherent vortex formation around the bat wing. Bottom plot shows lift and…
Flight research center to test shape-changing wing idea

January 20, 2014

Conventional wing designs in the form of hinged flaps are in for a re-think. The Aircraft Owners and…
Butterfly inspires new nanotechnology

September 3, 2013

By mimicking microscopic structures in the wings of a butterfly, an international research team has developed a device…
Wings of native cicada found to have unique uses

March 26, 2013

James Cook University researchers and collaborators have found the wing of the cicada kills bacteria solely through its…
Study Shows How One Insect Got Its Wings

March 13, 2013

Scientists have delved deeper into the evolutionary history of the fruit fly than ever before to reveal the…
Researchers build robotic bat wing

February 25, 2013

The strong, flapping flight of bats offers great possibilities for the design of small aircraft, among other applications.…
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