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Physics of Flying Dragons

By Newsdesk

Behind every cartoon is a whole lot of science.  Creating computer animations requires a finely-tuned grasp on physics, physiology and anatomy, Miles O’Brien reports in the National Science Foundation’s* latest Science Nation piece. He interviews physicist Alejandro Garcia, who advises animators at Dreamworks, “helping them make dragons fly right and explosions look real.”   Garcia has also developed a course on the physics of animation at San Jose State University.  

*For the record, the National Science Foundation is an underwriter of the NewsHour.