Hummingbirds edge out helicopters in hover contest
14 August 2014
When it comes to flight, nature just has the edge on engineers. This is according to a study comparing hummingbirds with one of the world's most advanced micro-helicopters.
Researchers compared the birds' performance to an advanced micro-drone called the Black Hornet – a 16g helicopter used for surveillance by British troops in Afghanistan.
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