Fossil Friday: Alcmonavis poeschli, the second-oldest bird we’ve ever found

Ca-CAW!

NASA’s new futuristic airplane wing could revolutionize flight

This is a whole new way of designing plane wings.

Engineers study the in-depth structure of wings to make better adhesive materials

“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.

Novel video shows what drone impacts can do to planes. Spoiler alert: it’s very, very bad

That’s… surprisingly damaging!

How the dragonfly got its wing patterns

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.

NASA’s morphing wing will make airplanes smoother, more efficient

Taking a cue from nature.

NASA plans to make airplanes cleaner and 50% more fuel efficient by reviving the wing truss

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.