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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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The Why of the V

Researchers believe they now have a definitive answer for why birds so often fly in a V formation. Scientists fitted a flock of northern bald ibises with monitors that record each bird's position, speed, and heading in flight as well as every wing flap. The data show that each bird positions itself and times its flapping to take maximal advantage of the upwash—upward moving air—generated by the bird ahead of it. As a bird flies forward, it pushes air downward beneath its wings, but at its wingtips the air is actually pushed upward. The V formation thus allows birds to conserve energy and increase their flying range. More...
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:08:38 AM

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Daemon wrote:
The Why of the V

Researchers believe they now have a definitive answer for why birds so often fly in a V formation. Scientists fitted a flock of northern bald ibises with monitors that record each bird's position, speed, and heading in flight as well as every wing flap. The data show that each bird positions itself and times its flapping to take maximal advantage of the upwash—upward moving air—generated by the bird ahead of it. As a bird flies forward, it pushes air downward beneath its wings, but at its wingtips the air is actually pushed upward. The V formation thus allows birds to conserve energy and increase their flying range. More...


Additionally, the birds rotate the lead and other positions as they fly. It is a form of drafting to helpthe entire flock cruise farther on a tank of gas so to speak. The use of nature in engineering is called bio-mimicry and it is very useful to mankind.
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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:14:24 AM

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Science and research rocks!!! Finding the answers that the sacerdotal pinheads never can, and never will.

Thank you, Scientists! The laity loves you!
Christine
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:31:42 AM

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This topic sounds familiar
capitán
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:17:00 PM

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I'm rather intrigued by the video.
I don't think I have seen such aircraft before.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:02:53 PM

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The Luftwaffe also figured this out.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 8:14:58 PM

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I suppose "evolution" brought this about.
Guto André
Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 8:43:01 PM

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No science, only nature. The best of the intelligence.
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:00:46 PM

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Guto André wrote:
No science, only nature. The best of the intelligence.


Scientists discover and explain nature's adaptations. The clergy would've only said "God forms them into a 'V'...if you say otherwise, it's blasphemy!"

Without scientists we would never learn the truth. PERIOD!
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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:18:38 PM

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I think it is more natural selection than evolution per se. The birds that learned how to conserve energy during their migration were better suited for mating once they arrived at their destination(s).

Chevy, I am fairly certain the church never took a position on the V-pattern. In any case, like the priest in Contact said (paraphrased), both science and religion are searching for the truth. That line stuck with me, because there really should be no conflict between science and faith, if one's motives are pure.
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