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Tiny Muscles Help Bats Fine-tune Flight

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Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to control the stiffness and shape of their wings as they fly, according to a new study. The finding provides new insight about the aerodynamic fine-tuning of membrane wings, both natural and man-made.
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Robotic Bat Wing Mimics a 'Spectacular Flyer'

Robotic Bat Wing Mimics a 'Spectacular Flyer' | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Researcher Joseph Bahlman, a graduate student at Brown University, developed the robotic bat wing depicted in this video to help scientists better understand the workings of bat flight. "Bats are just really amazing, spectacular flyers," says Bahlman, a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. "Their wings are extremely dynamic, so much more dynamic than birds or insects. If you look at the wings of a bat, they're just like our hands, they have all these joints that let their wings adapt into lots of different shapes, giving them a tremendous range of aerodynamic forces and maneuverabilities. They fly much better than anything we've engineered. I would love to figure out how that works and then duplicate it."

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How Bats Catch Prey That’s Sitting Still

How Bats Catch Prey That’s Sitting Still | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Using high-speed video, scientists have figured out how bats use echolocation to find prey that’s holding still—and hope to use their discovery to improve robots.

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Bats Use Blood to Reshape Tongue for Feeding

Bats Use Blood to Reshape Tongue for Feeding | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Brown University scientists have found that a species of bat uses blood flow to reshape its tongue while feeding. The quick dynamic action makes the tongue an effective “mop” for nectar and could even inspire new industrial designs.
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Bats Inspire New Cane for Blind

Bats Inspire New Cane for Blind | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The ultrasonic waves used by bats have inspired a new piece of technology which can help blind people to detect obstacles. Developers have come up with stick which can vibrate when it's near objects, so that the user can sense their way around.

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Bats, Dolphins, and Mole Rats Inspire Advances in Ultrasound Technology

Bats, Dolphins, and Mole Rats Inspire Advances in Ultrasound Technology | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Researchers are using a unique method to interpret and manipulate the pings and echoes that bats, dolphins, and mole rats use for learning about their environments and capturing their prey.
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