From Bats To Boats Wings Take To The Water

Before Orville and Wilbur Wright, many early airplane designs looked like giant birds. Some even had flapping wings. Now, Richard Dryden, a biology lecturer at England's University of Plymouth, has returned to nature for inspiration--but for a new type of sail. The concept has just won a $70,000 grant from Britain's National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts. Dryden plans to spend next year working full-time on his wing sail, which looks more like the wing of a bat than that of a bird.

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