This is a whole new way of designing plane wings.
“We believe that these structures could serve as inspiration for an interlocking one-directional adhesive or a material with directionally tailored permeability,” the team said.
That’s… surprisingly damaging!
Dragonflies have been around for 200 million years, long before humans stepped in. They also feature intricate wing patterns, which humans are now studying using an algorithm.
Taking a cue from nature.
NASA plans to improve today’s planes with a blast from the past — re-implementing a structure known as a wing truss would reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions of common commercial aircraft by as much as 50%, according to computational models.