Animal tail inspires engineers to design mosquito repelling device
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Animal tail inspires engineers to design mosquito repelling device

Animal tail inspires engineers to design mosquito repelling device

mosquito repelling deviceA study, from Georgia Institute of Technology, has looked at how animals use their tails to keep mosquitoes away. The researchers discovered that mammals swish the tips of their tails nearly the same speed as a mosquito flies.

These findings could help engineers discover the new methods of building robots and energy efficient machines that protect humans beings from mosquitoes.  

Swishing at one meter per second, an animal creates enough wind to keep nearly half of mosquitoes from landing on its rear.

The research team determined that success rate by building their own tail simulator. They placed a fan atop an acrylic cylinder filled with 10 mosquitoes, then spun the machine at different speeds to see how many insects reached the top. They got very encouraging results.

The paper, Mammals repel mosquitoes with their tails, is published recently many science Journals.

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