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NSF Emerging Frontiers' Program Supports Development of Smart Materials Based on Study of Fish
August 19, 2009
After engineers and scientists at Virginia Tech, Harvard and Drexel finish studying the locomotion of fish in water, Michael Phelps may find he has a few new ways to increase his world-breaking Olympic times. The remarkable ability of fish to maneuver in tight places, or to hover in one area efficiently, or to accelerate in a seemingly effortless fashion has researchers wondering if they can create smarter materials that emulate the biology of these vertebrates.
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