Airborne drones and the animals they mimic are featured in 18 new studies published online Dec. 15 within the magazine Interface focus. This special problem is supposed “to inspire improvement of latest aerial robots and to reveal the modern-day status of animal flight studies,” stated the issue‘s editor, David Lentink, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford college in California.

although people were building flying machines from the 18th century, these new studies found out that there’s still an awful lot to be found out from looking closely at how birds, bugs and bats take flight, keep themselves aloft and maneuver to secure landings.

Flying drones are rapidly becoming a common sight worldwide. they’re used to photo glorious vistas from above, snap selfies or even deliver packages, as online retail large Amazon finished its first industrial delivery by drone in Cambridge, in the uk, on Dec. 7, the BBC said.