[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]

Re: speculation

[Listproc has just been upgraded on USC.edu.  The new version appears
 to be fully MIME compliant, and it's changed the way that messages
 look when I get them for approval.  If there's any strangeness
 inserted in this message, it's because I don't know if I should edit
 it out ahead of time.  I'm assuming for the moment that listproc will
 extract the weirdness prior to distribution, but if I'm wrong... --
 MR ]

At 13:39 08/10/96 -0500, Chris Illes wrote:

>Please pardon my perhaps ignorant question on this one but isn't it true 
>that the leg, head and body feathers of a bird contribute nothing to it's 
>flight capabilities?

Here's one for the aerodynamic experts - I have often wondered if the change
in outline that contour feathers give to a bird's body might in some way act
to reduce drag or wind eddies around its body and thus make it more
aerodynamically efficient.  Certainly they produce a marked change in the
shape of a bird's body, particularly around its neck.  I have no idea if
this is really so, though.
Ronald I. Orenstein                           Phone: (905) 820-7886 (home)
International Wildlife Coalition              Fax/Modem: (905) 569-0116 (home)
Home: 1825 Shady Creek Court                  Messages: (416) 368-4661
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5L 3W2          Internet: ornstn@inforamp.net
Office: 130 Adelaide Street W., Suite 1940    
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5H 3P5