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  • How a tiny beetle packs power into its flight

    The unique technique of the featherwing beetle might teach us how to create super-efficient minia...

    Featherwing beetles (from the family Ptiliidae) are the smallest beetles known to exist, some less than a millimetre ...

    Animals January 20, 2022
  • On the wings of an owl

    And maybe, one day, the wings of an aircraft.

    There’s a lot of learning going on about how owls fly – and what we can learn from that.Last month, as reported i...

    Core Sciences November 20, 2020
  • Feathers, digits and the Sonic hedgehog

    Biologists suggest they are all linked.

    Bird feathers and human digits share a remarkably similar developmental history, according to a new study.Grafts ...

    Birds May 7, 2020
  • How and why butterflies keep their wings cool

    They’re delicate, often beautiful, and also complex.

    Butterflies regulate their wing temperatures through structural and behavioural adaptations, new research shows. And ...

    Animals January 28, 2020
  • Honeybees can surf to safety

    On water their wings work like hydrofoils.

    When a honeybee falls onto water it can essentially surf to safety, research engineers in the US have discovered.Wh...

    Animals November 18, 2019
  • Birds wing it in many ways

    Their movement, not shape, determines flight behaviour.

    Some of the wings from Vancouver’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum used in the study: (top to bottom) gyrfalcon (Falco rust...

    Birds October 24, 2019
  • Wings and propellers of all sorts and how they work

    Wings are used not just on planes, but in a wide variety of roles to lift, move and keep things g...

    The distinctive swept back wing shape of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.MARK WILLIAMSONAircraft use wings to direct air in...

    Technology July 13, 2016
  • Super-thin wing could cut aircraft fuel bills in half

    Boeing and NASA join forces to test lightweight, low drag, stiletto-shaped wings that could repla...

    Greg Gatlin, NASA aerospace research engineer from NASA's Langley Research Center, inspects the truss-braced wing dur...

    Technology April 11, 2016
  • From the vault: Dawn of the dinosaur

    Cosmos takes a look back at some of our most popular articles.

    This week Cosmos dug up some of its own fossilised – but fascinating – stories on the impressive creatures that once ...

    Palaeontology April 27, 2015
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