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Cells Follow Stiffness Gradients by Playing Tug-of-War

By | December 1, 2016

Cells with the best traction on a substrate pull their neighbors toward firmer ground.

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Physical Force Upregulates Gene Expression

By | August 24, 2016

Applying a mechanical force that pulls on a cell stretches chromatin, facilitating transcription, scientists show.

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Chameleons Catch Prey with Sticky Spit

By | June 22, 2016

The lizard’s saliva is thick enough to drag a cricket to its alimentary demise, scientists show.

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Esteemed Zoologist Dies

By | June 1, 2016

Robert McNeill Alexander, best known for his work on animal locomotion, has passed away aged 81.

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Paper Containing Creationist Language Pulled

By | March 7, 2016

PLOS ONE says a breakdown in the peer-review process led to the publication of a now-retracted biomechanics paper that made reference to a “Creator.”

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Leader in Biomechanics Dies

By | December 1, 2015

Duke’s Steven Vogel studied how plants and animals adapt to the physical world.

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Squirmy Sperm

By | November 12, 2015

Scientists observe another form of locomotion for male gametes, akin to a snake’s slither.

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Hearing Discrepancy Probed

By | September 1, 2015

Common in vitro experiments have distorted the true mechanics of mammalian hair cell stereocilia.

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Hip to be Square

By | July 6, 2015

Scientists use 3-D printing and computer modeling to demonstrate the advantages of the seahorse’s non-cylindrical tail.

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Eyelash Defenders

By | February 25, 2015

Mammalian eyelashes are the optimal length for protecting eyes from dust and drying out, a study suggests.

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