TITLE

Flight Secrets

PUB. DATE
October 2007
SOURCE
Weekly Reader News - Edition 3;10/26/2007, Vol. 77 Issue 8, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers information on a research project led by Sharon Swartz, which aims to explain why bats can turn sharply without falling. U.S. Air Force seeks to apply the results of the $6 million research in enhancing the weight capacity of airplanes. Researchers are using real bats, high-resolution cameras and wind tunnels in their study.
ACCESSION #
27172703

 

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