Researchers discover how tree frogs use their bodies to cling to overhanging surfaces (w/ video)
Wireless network detects falls by the elderly
University of Utah electrical engineers have developed a network of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling. This monitoring technology could be linked to a service that would call emergency help ...
Computers with emotions (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cambridge University film provides a glimpse of how robots and humans could interact in the future.
Reptiles stood upright after mass extinction
(PhysOrg.com) -- Reptiles changed their walking posture from sprawling to upright immediately after the end-Permian mass extinction, the biggest crisis in the history of life that occurred some 250 million ...
How the 'street pigeon' got its fancy on
Pigeons display spectacular variations in their feathers, feet, beaks and other physical traits, but a new University of Utah study shows that visible traits don't always coincide with genetics: A bird from ...
Standing up to fight: Does it explain why we walk upright, why women like tall men?
(PhysOrg.com) -- A University of Utah study shows that men hit harder when they stand on two legs than when they are on all fours, and when hitting downward rather than upward, giving tall, upright males a ...
Study: Body posture affects confidence in your own thoughts
(PhysOrg.com) -- Sitting up straight in your chair isn't just good for your posture - it also gives you more confidence in your own thoughts, according to a new study.
Researchers explain how tiny roundworms sense different kinds of touch
(PhysOrg.com) -- Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) is the very long name of a very small creature, and one of the most commonly used animals in biological research.
Lizard uses UV signals to ward off rivals
(PhysOrg.com) -- Were all familiar with different animal species using a variety of strategies to attract a mate or chase off an aggressor or a rival. For birds, its often a dazzling display of ...
Centuries of sailors weren't wrong: Looking at the horizon stabilizes posture
Everybody who has been aboard a ship has heard the advice: if you feel unsteady, look at the horizon. For a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers measur ...
T. rex not a stand-up guy? Test your dino skills (Update)
Here's a test of your dinosaur knowledge: Did Tyrannosaurus rex stand upright, with its tail on the ground?
Going through the political motions: The role of body language in opinion formation
A new research project analyses the importance of body motion in the formation of individual opinions about politicians. The aim of the project, which is funded by the FWF, is to identify movement patterns ...
Why being big like an elephant puts a spring in your step
(PhysOrg.com) -- Large, lumbering animals such as elephants move much more efficiently than small, agile ones such as mice, University of Manchester scientists have shown.
Hummingbirds make flying backward look easy
Animals that move backwards usually require a lot of energy, so Nir Sapir from the University of California Berkeley, USA, was surprised when he realized that hummingbirds execute this maneuver routinely. ...