Flying Squirrels Style They Swoops
by Emily Underwood
Flying squirrels look reckless as they fling themselves through the air, but there’s finesse to their swooping.
Rather than gliding passively like paper airplanes,  the rodents actively manipulate the furry membrane that stretches between their wrists and ankles to control the speed and direction of their flight, new research published online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reveals.
The scientists set up video cameras in a Maine forest and analyzed recordings of animals lured to a feeder, and then compared the squirrels’ glide-path trajectories with aerodynamic simulations. Rather than cruising through the air at a constant speed, the team found that the squirrels continuously modulate their speed and direction to attain distance and lift…
(read more: Science NOW)                  (photo from National Geo, 1979)

Flying Squirrels Style They Swoops

by Emily Underwood

Flying squirrels look reckless as they fling themselves through the air, but there’s finesse to their swooping.

Rather than gliding passively like paper airplanes, the rodents actively manipulate the furry membrane that stretches between their wrists and ankles to control the speed and direction of their flight, new research published online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reveals.

The scientists set up video cameras in a Maine forest and analyzed recordings of animals lured to a feeder, and then compared the squirrels’ glide-path trajectories with aerodynamic simulations. Rather than cruising through the air at a constant speed, the team found that the squirrels continuously modulate their speed and direction to attain distance and lift…

(read more: Science NOW)                  (photo from National Geo, 1979)

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