An ice-proof coating for airplanes based on a frog's skin

jueves, 16 de abril de 2015



Konrad Rykaczewski, an assistant professor of engineering at Arizona State University, has strived for years to develop a better anti-icing solution for airplanes. His drive is more than academic: He was once stranded for two days in London when a long snowfall depleted Heathrow Airport of the supplies of antifreeze it uses to keep ice off airplane wings.

Rykaczewski’s eureka moment came later on a Panama vacation, sparked by a chance encounter with a poison dart frog. The frog’s skin inspired him to design a novel anti-icing coating. He learned that poison dart frogs have various glands in their skin. Some glands always secrete lubricant, while others secrete bits of toxin when provoked



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Airbus plans exceptional 10 percent buyback, new legal status

Airbus Group will ask shareholders to approve an exceptional share buyback of up to 10 percent of its capital at its annual meeting on May 27, the aerospace group said on Wednesday.

The move is designed to allow the board of Europe's largest aerospace company flexibility to distribute part of the proceeds from divestments, it said in a statement.

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Mabus: F-35 Will Be ‘Last Manned Strike Fighter’ the Navy, Marines ‘Will Ever Buy or Fly’

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To address the emerging role unmanned weapon systems, Mabus announced a new deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems and a new Navy staff position — alongside warfare directorates like surface and air warfare — N-99.
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24 MiG-31BM Fighter Jets Commissioned for the Russian Armed Forces [feedly]

24 MiG-31BM Fighter Jets Commissioned for the Russian Armed Forces
https://www.defencetalk.com/24-mig-31bm-fighter-jets-commissioned-for-the-russian-armed-forces-63839/

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SpaceX bid to recycle rocket fails again [feedly]

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MRJ first flight delay not due to 'major trouble': Mitsubishi [feedly]

MRJ first flight delay not due to 'major trouble': Mitsubishi
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/MRJ-first-flight-delay-not-due-to-major-trouble-Mitsubishi-411276/

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Gazpromavia AN74 near North Pole on Apr 4th 2015, hard landing [feedly]

Gazpromavia AN74 near North Pole on Apr 4th 2015, hard landing
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Opinión: Los pilotos virtuales, la mejor cantera para pilotos de UAV

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Ares drone frees users up from that pesky "drone-piloting" thing [feedly]

Ares drone frees users up from that pesky "drone-piloting" thing
http://www.gizmag.com/ares-drone/37019/

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