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Julian Francis Vincent Vincent Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

The trade-off: a central concept for biomimetics Julian F.V. Vincent MA, PhD, DSc, MIM, CEng, FIMechE* Senior Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK Biology is gradually yielding lessons and ideas for technology, but the resulting innovation is adventitious. Biology is also very complex: currently with no underlying analytical model and so cannot adequately […]

NASA Seal Whisker Research Featured in AskNature

WHISKERS REDUCE DRAG: HARBOR SEALS FUNCTION  Maintain physical integrity  Manage structural forces  Turbulence Whiskers are tactile sensory hairs found in almost all mammals. They are typically longer and stiffer than normal body hairs and grow outward in an ordered grid-like arrangement. Each whisker is connected to many sensory nerve cells at its base beneath the […]