Are Woodpeckers the Answer to Effective Helmet Design??

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Slow motion footage, x-rays and computer simulations are informing researchers how the woodpeckers avoid head and brain injuries as they peck.

The birds have evolved with a number of traits that protect the brain. These include unequal upper and lower beak lengths and spongy, plate-like bone structures as well as  little "sub-dural space" between their brains and their skulls, so the brain does not have room to bump around as it does in humans.

Also, their brains are longer top-to-bottom than front-to-back, meaning the force against the skull is spread over a larger brain area.

Research is being undertaken at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Could nature already have the answer to safer head protection?To read more, see the full article here.

Claire Howard 
Partner - Personal Injury Team

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