Flying snake robots? Study lead by VT researchers could help make them a reality
BLACKSBURG, Va. Flying snake robots could be a reality in the near future thanks to a new study by Virginia Tech researchers. The goal of the multi-year study was to figure out how certain snakes are able to flatten themselves out and glide through the air. Understanding the snakes will help in the development of very small flying devices, like a drone the size of an insect, and even flying snake robots that could be used for search and rescue. If youre wanting your ribbon-like robot, your snake-like search-and-rescue robot, to fly, what are the important principles that you have to build into the robot? If youd like to read the study, it is published in the journal Nature Physics.
New 'Hunger Games' book sells more than 500,000 copies
NEW YORK A decade after the Hunger Games series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more. Suzanne Collins' The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes sold more 500,000 copies last week, even as many of the country's bookstores were closed or offering limited service because of the coronavirus pandemic. NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, reported Wednesday that Songbirds and Snakes" topped last week's list with 270,000 copies sold. Collins' book, a prequel to her previous Hunger Games novels, came 10 years after the author seemingly wrapped up the Dystopian series with Mockingjay." Collins' novels, which also include The Hunger Games and Catching Fire," have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and are the basis for a billion dollar movie franchise.