Wingless flight: Flying snake

Flying has been man’s fantasy for ages, attempts we made as early as late 1800’s. Otto Lilienthal of Germany was the first one with a successful glider flight in the 1890. In the previous articles for this theme session we have read about the dynamic soaring, gliding. Today I would like to discuss some unusual...
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Dynamic soaring – flight of the albatross

In the course of evolution animals developed diverse and sophisticated ways to fly. The way how they succeed in flying strongly depends on several factors. How big is the animal? How big are its wings and how is their shape? Which distances does the animal need to cover? And how much energy can it spend...
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Theme session: FLYING

Flying is something that has been occupying the human’s mind since always. That is why we think it is an appropriate and interesting theme for our next monthly session. Numerous legends tell stories about people using birdlike wings and trying to fly by jumping from a cliff. The Greek legend of Daedalus and Icarus is...
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Electricity: Engineers POV

A couple of weeks ago I introduced the theme electricity. For this week’s, I will look at the topic from an engineer’s point of view and evaluate the topic in a top down approach. Despite many positive signs, there are still key challenges that must be tackled to boost renewable electricity production and reduce our...
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Biomimetics exhibition in Stuttgart

Autumn is here – winter is approaching – it’s time to visit some museums! Today we have a special recommendation for you – a ‘must-see’ for everyone interested in Biomimetics and living in southern Germany.   Last week, the special exhibition ‘baubionik – biologie beflügelt architektur’ was opened in the museum ‘Schloss Rosenstein’ in Stuttgart...
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When lightning strikes…

When I think about electricity and nature – lightnings are the first thing coming to my mind. Not only is the phenomenon of such a huge amount of electricity being released at once absolutely amazing. Also, the atmosphere and feeling, lightnings can create are very special. Some people are scared of them and hide under...
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Summer is over!

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Dear followers! Welcome back – we hope you had a relaxing holiday and are now ready to start in the new school year, semester or get back to work!   We are starting again this week with new theme sessions and articles – our first one will be ELECTRICITY.   Are you interested in contributing...
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