Mon, Dec 08, 2008
Appeals To Aerospace Engineers... And The Young At Heart
Here's an inexpensive gadget that would make a great gift for
the aspiring aerospace engineer in all of us: a paper airplane
Reminiscent of a "Hot Wheels" power booster many of us played
with as children, the device incorporates two spinning discs
powered by a AA battery that propel anything that comes between
them, reportedly at speeds of up to 30 mph.
Designers at UK's Middlesex University invented this nifty
gizmo, supposedly to take paper airplane design to new heights, but
more likely just to make flying them more fun.
Paper airplane flying has long captured the imagination of young
and old alike.
The New Millennium Paper Airplane Contest held
earlier this year at the New York Hall of Science attracted more
than 150 participants competing in six categories.
Inspired by the 1967 International Paper Airplane Competition,
artist Klara Hobza organized this year's competition as a
performance activity designed to bring people together.
"To me, paper airplanes are the pure, innocent aspect of an
innate thing that is universal about humans, which is inventiveness
and playfulness," Hobza said.
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