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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

cool (and rather pretty as well)

Artificial butterfly for studying insect flight

David Pescovitz

The beautiful rubber band-powered artificial butterfly is helping researchers understand the flight of swallowtails. Hiroto Tanaka of Harvard University and Isao Shimoyama of the University of Tokyo built the balsa-wood machine, which boasts thin polymer film wings with "veins" made with a silicon-etching technique. ............

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