…I want to see Nature’s Engineering Degree!
Yet another installment of, “How an Incredible Design TOTALLY Supports the Theory of Evolution!” Courtesy of Wired Magazine.
Oh how I long for the day when the evolutionist crowd can manage to kick out some puff piece without anthropomorphizing inanimate objects or non-sentient critters. But that day is not today.
Even though researchers have been studying how insects and other creatures fly for a long time, “we still don’t completely understand the aerodynamics and architectures of wings,” comments Tom Daniel of the University of Washington in Seattle
Because, you know, the best minds in modern science and engineering still struggle to understand just HOW all these things work, given that they all came about through random chance. Design? We understand. Blueprints? No problem. Complex computer algorithms and microchips? Got it handled. How a hummingbird really works? Not a clue.
What locusts lack in agility, they make up for in distance: the four-winged insects are built to fly hundreds of miles at a time.
D’oh! We should make this into a drinking game. Any time an article nominally in support of evolution uses the words, “built” or “designed” you have to take a swig.
Most earlier models of insect flight relied on stiff, straight wings, overlooking the important effects of flexibility and shape, says Thomas. “Engineers like these things simple,” he says. But this new study shows that wings with a little flop can actually get more air-pushing lift from each flap.
Hmmm. Engineers learning from nature. Amazing what that random optimization thing can do for you, eh?
Figuring out the details of how locusts and other insects fly may help researchers design tiny robotic fliers. “There is a growing interest in the exploration of micro air vehicles,” says Daniel. “Nature’s designs may be useful in creating synthetic ones.”
It is amazing to me that engineers can’t seem to recognize the work of a fellow designer. It’s like someone who want’s to design a better timepiece looking at a fine Swiss watch for ideas, without ever acknowledging or addressing the question of the origin of the original design.
Whatever lets you sleep at night, I guess.