We know birds can fly, because they do, but we don’t know much about how they fly. It probably has something to do with their wings. Part of the problem with studying birds is that they move much faster than we do. That’s why students at Stanford University have been using high-speed video cameras to capture slow motion video of birds in flight. The resulting video is really quite beautiful.
This research is being done by students of mechanical engineering, not biology, so it could lead to interesting technology. Student Waylon Chen is talking about flapping wing robots. That’s pretty impressive.
(via Stanford University)
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