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biomimicry Maple seeds swirl to the ground twice as slowly as they would if they merely fell. Exactly how their shape generates so much lift was a mystery to scientists until David Lentink and Michael H. Dickinson of Wageningen and Caltech, respectively, discovered that the seeds create a vortex at the leading edge of their wing as it spins. In a challenge to conventional wisdom, the maple seed wing actually generates more lift with a single wing than it can with two. It’s an advantageous trait for the maple because, with the help of wind, the seeds spread farther than they would without so much lift. When the same principle is applied to human-engineered flight, we too benefit from life’s perfected aerodynamics.
Engineers at Lockheed Martin did just that. They designed a small remote-controlled drone in the shape of a maple seed; it only has one wing, but it sure does perform. For a video of the test flights and more #biomimicry, see the link in my bio.
Photo by @pscroce in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, USA. Facts from AskNature.org and theworacle YouTube Channel.
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17h kirkbak
Normal Nora Kirkbak
kirkbak Halvveis bak en sky laget sola myke skygger på kjøkkenbenken. Som tidligere sagt er det vanskelig å få noe interessant ut av disse irriterende fascinerende lønnefrøene....... Dette er forresten et dobbelt frø, dvs det er fire frø på samme stilk. Partly hiding behind a cloud the sun made soft shadows on the workbench in kitchen. As I said earlier it's not easy to make interesting pictures of these fascinating mapleseeds. This is by the way twins, as it' four in one stem. #mapleseeds #lønnefrø #tree #plant #nature #nature_perfection #nuc_member #rsa_nature #distressedFX #distressedFXapp 17h

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missromes Bridges + Helicopters // #autumn #mapleseeds 4d

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kirkbak Jeg er veldig fascinert av #lønnefrø , men det er ikke så enkelt å få noe godt fotografisk ut av dem. Her har #tangledFX app bidratt også. I have a fascination for #mapleseeds , but it's not so easy to make a good picture of them, #tangledFX has helped me on this one. #maple #seeds #lønn #frø #nature #nuc_member #nature_greece #nature_perfection 4w

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bluebirdmeadow I have invited and gathered. This is my morning quiet. #coffeeandpaint #quiet #florabowley #bloomtruebootcamp #spiritwalking #spirit #mapleseeds 4w

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2mon smellytoes
Hudson Natasha Holmes

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2mon rinneallen
Normal rinne allen
rinneallen in the studio #studio #mapleseeds #green 2mon

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Lo-fi Jay M. Parsons
jay_m_parsons Maple seeds in the rain 8mon

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iobette When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see whether they want to or not. -Georgia I'Keeffe #flowers #flowerporn #floraldesign #flowerstodiefor #philadelphiadesigner #peony #mapleseeds #scabiosa #vendela 3mon

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janedavila Pollynoses? Whirligigs? What do you call them? #mapleseeds 4mon

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truefeelove 1/2 June. Maple seeds think that they are birds and going fly...fly away 4mon

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