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Crowded Cities – Training Crows
In theory, you should be able to train crows to fetch cigarette butts for food, based on recorded coin retrieval behavior. So these guys are attempting it with an automated feeder. Using cameras to confirm if it's a butt or not seems a little difficult though.
animal  training  automated  bird  crow  feeder  cigarette  butt  trash  retrieval 
october 2017 by asteroza
Clear Flight Solutions
Flapping wing ornithopter deliberately designed to operate and resemble a peregrine falcon in flight.
EU  europe  germany  Robird  biomimicry  robot  robotic  bird  ornithopter  remote  control  UAV  drone  RC  hardware  electronics  devices  eagle  peregrine  falcon  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering
Apparently Toucan birds have a highly mechanically optimized beak. Very lightweight, with a hollow structure where there are no stresses, and elsewhere a bone fiber/membrane foam enclosed by an outer keratin tile sheet exterior, creating a natural biocomposite foam sandwich material in their beaks. Still doesn't explain fully why the beaks are so large, especially for a fruit eater. There was other research into beak properties by using IR camera studies, and it appears the beak is also used as a high performance controllable blood heat radiator to dump metabolic heat. They do interesting tricks like doing a burst of heat dumping just prior to going to sleep to slow down metabolic processes quicker.
core  hollow  lightweight  beak  large  bird  Toucan  sandwich  exterior  tile  keratin  foam  bone  composite  biocomposite  engineering  mechanical  research  structure  body  animal  Delicious 
december 2012 by asteroza
The Herrick Chronicles: Birds and fighter jets | FloridaGoGo: Florida vacations, staycations, beaches, resorts, attractions, tourism & more | The Palm Beach Post
Wow, this guy was using a freon BB gun on a glider to gain practical air combat research by attacking birds, recording their maneuvering reactions. He uses this to build a foundation for research on multifunctional thrust vectoring and reversing nozzles for jet engines to improve fighter air combat capabilities. He later patented an advanced Spherical Convergent Flap Nozzle (SCFN) that unfortunately was too late for the F-15SMTD and F-22 development cycle.
development  research  aerodynamics  aviation  aerospace  propulsion  engine  biomimicry  maneuvering  flight  bird  combat  air  vectoring  reverser  thrust  nozzle  flap  convergent  spherical  SCFN  Pratt  ATF  Delicious 
september 2012 by asteroza
Festo's SmartBird robot takes off with elegance, doesn't fight seagulls for food (video) -- Engadget
Apparently it doesn't use a lifting gas, like that Festo jellyfish, but I'm a little skeptical since the power consumption would be vicious otherwise.
festo  SmartBird  bird  biomimicry  UAV  microUAV  MAV  robot  airplane  dynastat  aerodyne  vehicle  transportation  ornithopter  RC  zigbee  Delicious 
march 2011 by asteroza
BBC - Earth News - Wind turbines wrong colour for wildlife
I wonder if they need to do something similar for offshore wind, and whether coloring alone would do any good.
bird  bat  wildlife  kill  prevention  method  wind  turbine  blade  color  purple  green  energy  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza

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