“Animal physics, from the tiger’s tongue to my daughter’s eyelashes” by Dr. David Hu (Georgia Tech)
Dr. David Hu is a mechanical engineer who studies the interactions of animals with water. He has discovered how dogs shake dry, how insects walk on water, and how eyelashes protect the eyes from drying. He was awarded the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics, and defended basic research in a Scientific American article, “Confessions of a wasteful scientist.” Hu earned degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from M.I.T., and is currently associate professor of fluid mechanics at Georgia Tech. His work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Highlights for Children, “Saturday Night Live,” and “Good Morning America.” He is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Reports and The Journal of Experimental Biology.
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