What quails can teach us about the gait of dinosaurs
Motion scientists and zoologists of Jena University (Germany) study out the gait of birds. In the Proceedings of the Royal Society B the team published the first detailed analysis of the bipedal gait of qua ...
Ancient earthquake uncovered in China: Xinhua
Scientists have found evidence of a powerful earthquake 3,000 years ago in central China, apparently the earliest known tremor in the country's history, state media reported.
Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees
Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines exactly what happens when ...
Robot that moves like an inchworm could go places other robots can't
Insights on hummingbird travel, life span revealed
Hummingbirds are giving up some of their secrets.
New algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass
Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs ...
Chairless Chair solution offered as leg exoskeleton for work
Giant anteaters kill two hunters in Brazil
Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals' loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said.
Groovy giraffes: Distinct bone structures keep these animals upright
Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College have identified a highly specialised ligament structure that is thought to prevent giraffes' legs from collapsing under the immense weight of these animals.
How do ants get around? Ultra-sensitive machines measure their every step
How do ants manage to move so nimbly whilst coordinating three pairs of legs and a behind that weighs up to 60% of their body mass? German scientists have recently developed a device that may reveal the answer.
Robohand shows work on prototype RoboLeg prosthetic
Rescued calf gets new high-tech prosthetics
A 600-pound calf that lost its back hooves and part of its legs to frostbite in Virginia more than a year ago has been fitted in Texas with a new pair of prosthetic hind legs.
Bear in Israel undergoes surgery to repair disc
Surgery can be a real bear. Even for a bear. In Israel, a 19-year-old Syria brown bear named Mango underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disc, said Sagit Horowitz, a spokeswoman for the Ramat ...
Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving
A study that has 'weighed' hundreds of dinosaurs suggests that shrinking their bodies may have helped the group that became birds to continue exploiting new ecological niches throughout their evolution, and ...