What if mosquitos weren’t just annoying bugs, but instead were bio-inspiring features? In episode 78, we talk with Richard Bomphrey from the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College about how mosquitoes can detect surfaces using the airflow caused by the movement of their own wings … and the autonomous drones he developed to mimic them. His article “Aerodynamic imaging by mosquitoes inspires a surface detector for autonomous flying vehicles,” (open-access here) was published on May 8, 2020 with multiple co-authors in the journal Science.


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      • Nature video of Richard’s drone flying with sensors:

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    Hosts / Producers

    Ryan Watkins & Doug Leigh

    How to Cite

    Watkins, R., Leigh, D., & Bomphrey, R.. (2020). Parsing Science – Mosquito-inspired Biotechnology. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12622817


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