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Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants

By The Scientist Staff | March 19, 2018

The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.

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Next-Generation Exoskeletons Help Patients Move

By Karen Weintraub | February 1, 2018

A robot’s gentle nudge could add just the right amount of force to improve walking for patients with mobility-impairing ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.  

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A Prosthetic Advantage?

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Scientists are analyzing how factors such as the length and stiffness of artificial limbs affect performance in athletes with amputations.

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Man Meets Machine

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

Alena Grabowski, a University of Colorado Boulder researcher, discusses her motivations for studying the interface between biology and mechanics in prosthetic devices.

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The wearable technology, akin to motorized leg braces, help children with physical disabilities extend their knees as they walk. 

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image: Cells Follow Stiffness Gradients by Playing Tug-of-War

Cells Follow Stiffness Gradients by Playing Tug-of-War

By Ben Andrew Henry | 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 Alison F. Takemura | August 24, 2016

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

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image: Chameleons Catch Prey with Sticky Spit

Chameleons Catch Prey with Sticky Spit

By Alison F. Takemura | 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 Catherine Offord | June 1, 2016

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

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image: Paper Containing Creationist Language Pulled

Paper Containing Creationist Language Pulled

By Bob Grant | 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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