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Office Of Scientific Research Funds “Bird-Inspired Morphing Vehicles” Research.

The PBS NOVA (2/22, Choi) reports new aircraft wings draw inspiration from early Wright brothers models in a biomimicry blend called “morphing wings” that helps reduce fuel consumption. A $6 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research will fund Daniel Inman, chair of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and colleagues to research “bird-inspired morphing vehicles” and “piezoelectric materials that convert electricity into physical movement as well as shape memory alloys.”