The recent miracle landing in New York was a relief to all the passengers. Planes that collide with birds cause a number of dangerous accidents. How can we avoid accidents like this one? Physicists and biologists may have the answer with a new radar system that warns birds away from approaching airplanes.
The radar system works by sending out pulses of microwave energy. When it hits a bird's inner ear. It turns into a very tiny heat pulse. The heat causes the bird's inner ear to expand. Scientists believe this causes the bird's brain to hear a "click", notifying the bird that something's coming.
UPDATE: Results from the bird warning test have been presented to the aviation community, and can decrease the risk of plane-bird collisions by at least 67 percent, according to a biology security group that Dr. Genova advises.