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Birds gliding through bubbles reveal aerodynamic trick

As this barn owl glides through the darkness a sudden flash of light illuminates over 20,000 helium filled soap bubbles, suspended in the air. Researchers can track the bubbles as they swirl in the owl’s wake, and they’re using this to study the bird’s flight in unprecedented levels of detail, revealing unexpected ways in which…

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The Magic of Bird Flight with David Lentink

[MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] >>Bird flight is magical. Every feather is engineered to fly. It inspired us to invent the airplane, and it inspired me to become both an engineer and a biologist. But remarkably, we don’t really understand why birds can fly, further, longer or higher than the drones that a company like Amazon is planning…

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