Thursday, December 20, 2007

'The Arabian Nights' flying carpet

An Indian Institute of Technology-Chennai (IIT) alumnus has come up with instructions on how to make a flying carpet, just like the one in Walt Disney's creation 'The Arabian Nights'.

Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, who is presently associated with Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says that his team's instructions are not based on fantasies.

Along with his colleagues at the university, Mahadevan studied the aerodynamics of a flexible, rippling sheet moving through a fluid.

Based on their study, the researchers came to the conclusion that making a carpet that would stay aloft in air may be possible.

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