Biomimicry: Gull Birds Could Help Inspire Better Airplane Design

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Science and engineering have consistently looked to nature to improve upon new or existing technology. Biomimicry has helped shape and create some of your favorite everyday products and even services.    

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have looked to another animal for innovation; the gull. Most abundant in the Northern Hemisphere, these birds have an impressive flight technique that could be used to improve aircraft design.

Super Flight

As observed by the UBC research team, with a single flex of its elbow join, the gull is able to adapt its wing shape to a various array of gusty wind conditions, something the UBC researchers believe is a simple mechanism that could be recreated on aircraft.

With altering the


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