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Turbulence Gets Web-Slingers Flying

Researchers are using a new model to explain how spiders “fly” or “parachute” on their webs, a trick that lets them cover incredible distances on a single thread of silk when evading danger or re-colonizing. Improving on existing theory by adding in the effects of turbulence, the new model shows how spiders can sometimes travel […]

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When Efficient Flight’s A Drag

It seems to be, that if you want to improve upon human invention, then looking to nature is often your best bet. This tenet has been followed by one Cornell University scientist who thinks that dragonflies could point the way for the aircraft of the future. If human engineers had designed the dragonfly’s method for […]

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