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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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Snap, Crackle, Pop!

By | February 11, 2015

Physicists explain the dynamics of popping popcorn.

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Seeing Red

By | February 1, 2015

Scientists attempt to work out how humans are able to see in the infrared.

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Hummingbirds Out-hover Helicopters

By | July 31, 2014

The diminutive birds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone, a study shows.

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The World’s Only Pentaped

By | July 2, 2014

Kangaroos use their tails as fifth legs.

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Sophie Dumont: Forces at Play

By | May 1, 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 38

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A Mite-y Fast Arthropod

By | April 29, 2014

Move over, cheetah. A mite from Southern California sets the new record for world’s fastest land animal relative to body size.

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Fluke Forces

By | April 1, 2014

Dolphins prove that they rely on muscle power, rather than a trick of fluid dynamics, to race through water at high speeds.

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Tail Flick

By | April 1, 2014

Observe a dolphin flipping its fluke through a bubble curtain in experiments used to determine the force of its muscles.

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