Cool Hunting Video: NYU Fluid Dynamics Lab

A visit to the NYU Applied Math Lab, where they unlock the secrets of aerodyamics—one flying jellyfish robot at a time

The concept of flight has always held humankind’s imagination captive—yet making that concept a reality continues to baffle even the most ingenious innovators. We recently got a few insights and a lesson in aerodynamics from NYU Professor of Mathematics at the Applied Mathematics Laboratory, Leif Ristroph. He explains that mathematicians and physicists studying flight and aerodynamics view water and air both as fluids and showed us his experiments—from flapping machines to handmade flying robots. By recreating successful methods of air and water movement found in nature, Ristroph is hoping to better understand the science behind it and potentially make new flying machines.