In case you’re out this weekend trying to find a way around the escalating gasoline prices–thinking of a motorcycle, a bicycle, a hybrid car or such–don’t forget to stop in your local carpet store and take a look at what they might have to offer.
A carpet that can fly? Oh yes it could, says Roger Highfield
A rippling magic carpet that can fly through the air is a theoretical possibility, according to a professor.
Although he has only succeeded in showing that flying is practical for a bank note sized carpet, Prof Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his co-workers believe that one capable of ferrying a person is far from being a pantomime fantasy.
His claims, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, come just in time for productions of Aladdin and arise from working out the aerodynamics of a flexible, rippling sheet moving through a fluid, such as air. The conclusion is that it should be possible to make one that will stay aloft.
Read all about it here. Who knows? Maybe you could order one online…that is if they have the right color in stock. 🙂