Humans have been studying so-called flying snakes for a very long time, but it’s a recent research paper published in ‘Nature Physics’ that shows exactly how they are able to pull of these miraculous aerial feats. Their secret? Undulation – or what looks like swimming in mid-air.Virginia Tech professor Jake Socha and his research team used high-speed cameras and motion-capture techniques (think LotR’s Gollum) to show how the snakes’ swimming-like motion in mid-air helps them stay stable and land safely.
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