Maple Seeds and Animals Exploit the Same Trick to Fly Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
Maple Seeds and Animals Exploit the Same Trick to Fly
Description:
How do maple seeds spiral downward so gracefully? The spinning seed creates a vortex above the leading edge that provides lift. Read a detailed explanation in this Caltech press release, where you can also listen to a podcast from Caltech researcher Michael Dickinson.
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image credit: D. Lentink, Wageningen University; <a href="http://media.caltech.edu/press_releases/13265" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.compadre.org/informal/images/features/spin-seed-large-10-16-09.gif" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: D. Lentink, Wageningen University; image source; larger image
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http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/spin-seed-large-10-16-09.gif
Featured:
December 1, 2009 - December 16, 2009