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Pentagon seeks secret of flying snakes

By T.K. Randall
November 24, 2010 · Comment icon 24 comments

Image Credit: LA Dawson
The Defense Department has invested in research to figure out how flying snakes glide through the air.
The unusual type of snake is able to leap from trees as high as 200 feet and undulate while it falls allowing it to glide over 700 feet and even turn while in the air, such a method could prove valuable in the development of military technologies.
An unusual breed of Asian snakes can glide long distances in the air, and the Defense Department is funding research at Virginia Tech to find out why.


Source: Washington Post | Comments (24)




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Comment icon #15 Posted by Coffey 14 years ago
the squirrels just have to learn how to flap. not sure a snake with its chest spread open can flap even if it knew how. Hahaha, there's a lot more to it than just learning how to flap. lol
Comment icon #16 Posted by David Yates 14 years ago
"Pentagon seeks secret of flying snakes" Surely, if they just waterboard the snakes, they'll tell them any secrets they want to hear.
Comment icon #17 Posted by JGirl 14 years ago
Hahaha, there's a lot more to it than just learning how to flap. lol lol so true. if flapping were all it took, my daughter could fly using her jaws alone roflmao
Comment icon #18 Posted by Coffey 14 years ago
lol so true. if flapping were all it took, my daughter could fly using her jaws alone roflmao HAHAHAHAHA, your poor daughter.
Comment icon #19 Posted by danielost 14 years ago
Hahaha, there's a lot more to it than just learning how to flap. lol perhaps but i would think that the squirrals and the snake all ready have most if not all of the other knowledge, since they can glide.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Metalhead 14 years ago
Before I read the whole story, the first thing that came to mind was: Great. This is what our tax dollars are going towards. Flying snake research. AVWMB, good joke. I thought more snakes on a plane references would come pouring in though
Comment icon #21 Posted by Coffey 14 years ago
perhaps but i would think that the squirrals and the snake all ready have most if not all of the other knowledge, since they can glide. They need wings, which neither of them has.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Ginger 14 years ago
"Pentagon seeks secret of flying snakes" Surely, if they just waterboard the snakes, they'll tell them any secrets they want to hear. hahahahaha
Comment icon #23 Posted by Marcin 14 years ago
Heck it took them a good looong while to finally start looking at nature and how it achieves it's wonders. It's already practiced and used in architecture, motor industry, tyre design and such, instead of opting for human tendency of squares, triangles and circles, even shapes and numbers, when designers study and then try to mimic nature, they are achieving better results than they could have had using only our straight forward thinking. Key to natures designs is in fractals, their shapes and numbers. Probably they will find that proportion of these snakes weight to surface of air resistance ... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Robert1 14 years ago
The video of theflying snake was pretty cool, I wonder why the Pentagon is so interested in it. This country has more important things to do with our tax payers dollars, like investing it in healthcare and education for example.


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