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Dolphins Get a Lift From Delta Wing Technology
June 26, 2009
Dolphins are supremely agile swimmers, but it wasn't clear how their fins help them maneuver through water. Building scale models of whale and dolphin fins, a team of U.S. scientists has found that some dolphin fins work just like delta wing aircraft.
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