Hummingbirds Outperform Tiny Helicopters

July 31, 2014 2:35 PM

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When it comes to flight, nothing can outdo Mother Nature, according to a new study, not even human engineers. When pitting hummingbirds against one of the world's most advanced micro-helicopters, researchers found that the birds' hovering capacity was 20 percent more efficient in comparison.

However, the "average Joe" or typical hummingbird was on par with the helicopter, showing "how far flight engineering has come."

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