See how bat biology could lead to better aircraft
Researchers at Johns Hopkins believe their new study on the biology of bats points in the direction of improved air travel. According to a paper published in the journal Cell Reports, scientists from Johns Hopkins, along with Columbia University and University of Maryland, have found that a big brown bat’s sense of touch allows it to make moment-to-moment changes in flight direction. The bat’s wings aren’t just for propulsion; they are reacting to airflow at a cellular level.
The researchers hope this study will lead to a better understanding of the role sensory cells play in the animal’s flight, and eventually inform how humans design aircraft. Of course, Batman had this figured out decades ago.
Source:: The Verge