Helicopters Are About to Get Faster Thanks to Humpback Whale Fins

A helicopter's rotor design may allow for vertical takeoffs but that comes at a price—the backwards moving blade counteracts the helicopter's forward momentum, causing it to stall at high speeds. But one German firm believes that outfitting the blades with bumps inspired by the fins of humpback whales will speed… » 1/31/12 12:00am 1/31/12 12:00am

PISCES Exoskeletons Turn Every Solider Into Aquaman

Apparently the military has been working with West Florida's Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) for several years trying to develop an underwater exoskeleton » 9/18/08 11:45am 9/18/08 11:45am that would improve a soldier's speed and endurance underwater. Much like early pioneers of flight, IHMC has looked to nature to provide answers. So …