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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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3-D X-Rays Catch Insects in Flight

By | March 26, 2014

Using a new approach, researchers capture the in vivo mechanics of a flying fly.  

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Flapless Flight

By | January 1, 2014

New research increases the understanding of how albatrosses fly effortlessly by harvesting energy out of thin air.

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Dynamic Bat Tongue Mops Up Nectar

By | May 6, 2013

A nectar-feeding bat uses a blood-powered hydraulic process to control hair-like structures on its tongue to efficiently slurp up the sugary liquid from flowers.  

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Fly Guy

By | August 1, 2012

For Michael Dickinson, Drosophila are more than winged gene holders—they’re sophisticated systems for translating sensory information into flight instructions.

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The Mechanical Body

By | July 26, 2012

“The body is a fascinating machine,” says Sandra Shefelbine, a biomechanics expert at Imperial College, London, in this 3-minute educational video by the Wellcome Trust illustrating the principles of muscle movement. “And we don’t understand most of

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