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2013-02-17 05:17:38 PM  
Wait til the Chinese start cutting off their fins for soup.
 
2013-02-17 05:27:15 PM  
www.joblo.com
 
2013-02-17 05:29:13 PM  
Science has known about this for 30 years, and just now it's being put to use in commercial aircraft? Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-02-17 05:29:30 PM  
500motivators.com
 
2013-02-17 05:29:39 PM  
Old news is so exciting

// they already did it on ships and then cars

And were talking about it on planes since at least 2007 (possibly earlier, got tired of googling).

http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/SharkSkinResearch_ReduceAirplan eD rag_196715-1.html
 
2013-02-17 05:31:52 PM  
Riblets.

Riblets.

Riblets
 
2013-02-17 05:34:11 PM  
You're going to need a bigger plane.
 
2013-02-17 05:37:03 PM  
Been used on racing boats for years. Big difference in Reynolds number between air and water though.
 
2013-02-17 05:37:43 PM  
www.hoax-slayer.com
 
2013-02-17 05:38:03 PM  

Billy Bathsalt: Riblets.

Riblets.

Riblets


For her pleasure?
 
2013-02-17 05:40:52 PM  
Microtexturing the surface of the paint seems like a good idea until you have to fly the plane on a hot summer's day and a swarm of gnats decide to microtexture the surface of the paint with their own guts.

I doubt this technology will ever justify its own cost in the real world.
 
2013-02-17 05:46:02 PM  
sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-02-17 06:05:48 PM  
I wonder how this paint would work? If a plane had this on it would it even need de-icing?
http://www.wimp.com/oleophobiccoating/
 
2013-02-17 06:12:51 PM  
Great. Now we got sharks shilling for big oil.

Whores!
 
2013-02-17 06:14:16 PM  

calbert:


Love.
 
2013-02-17 06:19:42 PM  
If shark skin is so awesome then why to dolphins, killer whales, etc have (relatively) smooth skin?

Shark skin is just scales and scales are found on all sorts of prehistoric creatures, land and sea based.  Did scales develop specifically because they were more aerodynamic or are they just a modification of body armor?
 
2013-02-17 06:20:10 PM  
Knew it worked well in water, but didn't think the difference in air was noticed.
 
2013-02-17 06:26:21 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Been used on racing boats for years. Big difference in Reynolds number between air and water though.


That's what I'm thinking. Whatever surface that may be great for slipping through water with its viscosity may not be so great for slipping through air and its viscosity, especially air in the rarefied pressures of 40K feet above sea level.

Unless one can claim that sharks flew at that height, it might not make a lick of sense.
 
2013-02-17 06:28:10 PM  

vodka: If shark skin is so awesome then why to dolphins, killer whales, etc have (relatively) smooth skin?


Stupid farks can't afford it
 
2013-02-17 06:31:28 PM  
I knew it

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Aigoo: The rest of us live in the real world, with real laws... that apply to everyone but the FSP.

fettuchini spinach pope?
federal service program?
flying shark project?

 
2013-02-17 06:35:01 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Microtexturing the surface of the paint seems like a good idea until you have to fly the plane on a hot summer's day and a swarm of gnats decide to microtexture the surface of the paint with their own guts.

I doubt this technology will ever justify its own cost in the real world.


Yep. BUT.... the research could open up possibilities to make things even more efficient.
 
2013-02-17 06:35:08 PM  

dionysusaur: For her pleasure?


So you've gone from "sausage down a corridor" to "airplane in a wind tunnel" ...?
 
2013-02-17 06:39:14 PM  

calbert: [sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 762x516]


Obscure.
 
2013-02-17 06:40:21 PM  

vodka: If shark skin is so awesome then why to dolphins, killer whales, etc have (relatively) smooth skin?


Sharks have been around for a very long time, while marine mammals are relative newcomers to the water. Give them another hundred million years and maybe they'll evolve something comparable.

Shark skin is just scales and scales are found on all sorts of prehistoric creatures, land and sea based.  Did scales develop specifically because they were more aerodynamic or are they just a modification of body armor?

I'll go for the latter, since aerodynamics don't mean much for aquatic animals.
 
2013-02-17 06:41:18 PM  
img441.imageshack.us

I'm getting a shark bathing suit this year.  :)
 
2013-02-17 06:55:18 PM  

calbert: [sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 762x516]


Me likee.
 
2013-02-17 06:56:51 PM  
I thought I've seen something like this before....

Golf ball effect.

www.blogcdn.com

Thats it!
 
2013-02-17 07:06:41 PM  

vodka: If shark skin is so awesome then why to dolphins, killer whales, etc have (relatively) smooth skin?

Shark skin is just scales and scales are found on all sorts of prehistoric creatures, land and sea based.  Did scales develop specifically because they were more aerodynamic or are they just a modification of body armor?


Evolution.  Sharks and fish developed in the sea.  Dolphins and Killer whales are mammals that have adapted to the sea.
 
2013-02-17 07:12:46 PM  

cowgirl toffee: I'm getting a shark bathing suit this year.  :)


I'm a fan of this.
 
2013-02-17 07:21:21 PM  

Uncle Tractor: dionysusaur: For her pleasure?

So you've gone from "sausage down a corridor" to "airplane in a wind tunnel" ...?


Talk about a blow job!

/ yes, I really am that lame.
 
2013-02-17 07:29:09 PM  
Some one has to swim.
 
2013-02-17 08:01:40 PM  
There's this one product I think about for about five minutes and move on from whenever I see articles about micro texturing surfaces. If I ever followed through with this idea I'd probably never worry about money again, at least after I sell the patent.
 
2013-02-17 08:10:56 PM  

vodka: If shark skin is so awesome then why to dolphins, killer whales, etc have (relatively) smooth skin?


Yes, why would Mammals and Condrichthyes be different? We may never know.
 
2013-02-17 08:14:11 PM  
www.crazeforcars.com
 
2013-02-17 08:17:21 PM  

platkat: [www.crazeforcars.com image 477x280]


well that's a fishy looking vehicle.
 
2013-02-17 08:32:13 PM  
This idea sounds great, but it would be doubly awesome if airliners that were thus equipped played the theme from Jaws over the PA during taxi and takeoff.
 
2013-02-17 10:12:15 PM  

cowgirl toffee: [img441.imageshack.us image 205x246]

I'm getting a shark bathing suit this year.  :)


How You doin'?
 
2013-02-17 11:58:20 PM  
Biomimicry is an awesome field.
 
2013-02-18 05:04:57 AM  

Gawdzila: Biomimicry is an awesome field.


Indeed. First thing that comes to mind.
 
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