Meet Ro-bat, Brown University's Robotic Bat Wing

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The strong, flapping flight of bats offers great possibilities for the design of small aircraft, among many other applications. By building a robotic bat wing, Brown University researchers have uncovered flight secrets of real bats. Bat wing project leader and NSF Graduate Research Fellow Joseph Bahlman says the faux flapper generates data that could never be collected directly from live animals, and may lead to improved aircraft efficiency and help in the design of small flapping aircraft.

Science Nation - Batty for Bats

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These creatures of the night could be the models for future aircraft! "If you just watch them in the sky, they can fly like nothing else. A bat can make a 180 degree turn at full tilt in three wing beats and go back the other way ... it's a pretty amazing creature." ~ Kenny Breuer, Brown University For more Science Nation, go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

CHALK TALK: INFRARED

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Infrared can be divided into three separate categories – near, mid, and far, and even though we can’t see it, in some cases we can detect it. Many things, including people and planets, emit infrared. We also use it to transmit information via remote controls and video game consoles.

Temporal Dynamics of European Bat Lyssavirus Type 1 and Survival of Myotis myotis Bats in Natural Colonies

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Many emerging RNA viruses of public health concern have recently been detected in bats. However, the dynamics of these viruses in natural bat colonies is presently unknown. Consequently, prediction of the spread of these viruses and the establishment of appropriate control measures are hindered by a lack of information. To this aim, we collected epidemiological, virological and ecological data during a twelve-year longitudinal study in two colonies of insectivorous bats (Myotis myotis)...
Authors: Blanca Amengual, Hervé Bourhy, Marc López-roig, Jordi Serra-cobo

Biology of Plants

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An overview of the process of photosynthesis and the biology of plants - function, reproduction and life.