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It may be despised as the vector of a really nasty virus*, but like all bats, Australia’s Grey-headed Flying Fox is an aerobatic (sorry) marvel – and it’s provided part of the model for researchers trying to mimic bat flight using a combination of articulated wings and smart materials. The Madrid Polytechnic researchers, …


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  1. Charles Osborne
    Paris Hilton


    Silicone membrane, despite the caption in the source material.

    Paris? You need ask?

  2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    Holy Shmoly Batmat!

    Calm down, Robin, it's just the batbot

    It can't be that time already?

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      Re: Holy Shmoly Batmat!

      Duh! Batmat == Batman

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Missing Footnote?

    The asterisk after virus implies a footnote, but I don't see any.

    1. stu_san

      Re: Missing Footnote?

      * Rabies

    2. The Aussie Paradox

      Re: Missing Footnote?

      Hendra virus is the current nasty that bats bring. No rabies in Australia!

      Spreads from bats to horses to humans often with fatal results to the horses and humans.

  4. The Aussie Paradox


    I, for one, welcome our new mechanical Chiroptera overlords.

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