New Video Series Explains Why Woodpeckers Are Built To Peck

New Video Series Explains Why Woodpeckers Are Built To Peck
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Fans of woodpeckers and materials science will be thrilled to hear that MIT has just released a series of eight short-form videos explaining how woodpeckers can bang their heads against trees all day without suffering major brain trauma — or even getting so much as a headache.

Called “Built To Peck: How Woodpeckers Avoid Brain Injury,” the series features Lorna Gibson, MIT professor of materials science, who has been an avid birdwatcher for years. “I’ve long wanted to do a project on how birds work from an engineering perspective,” Gibson said in statement. In the process, she got to visit natural history archives like Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, which boasts drawers of preserved bird specimens, some…

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