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Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies
Kerry Grens | May 29, 2018
The Nobel laureate was the first to identify an enzyme moving material across the cell membrane.
Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants
Staff | Mar 19, 2018
The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.
Next-Generation Exoskeletons Help Patients Move
Karen Weintraub | Feb 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.
A Prosthetic Advantage?
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2017
Scientists are analyzing how factors such as the length and stiffness of artificial limbs affect performance in athletes with amputations.
Man Meets Machine
Staff | Aug 31, 2017
Alena Grabowski, a University of Colorado Boulder researcher, discusses her motivations for studying the interface between biology and mechanics in prosthetic devices.
Robotic Orthotics Aid Gait in Kids with Cerebral Palsy
Aggie Mika | Aug 24, 2017
The wearable technology, akin to motorized leg braces, help children with physical disabilities extend their knees as they walk.
Cells Follow Stiffness Gradients by Playing Tug-of-War
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 1, 2016
Cells with the best traction on a substrate pull their neighbors toward firmer ground.
Physical Force Upregulates Gene Expression
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 24, 2016
Applying a mechanical force that pulls on a cell stretches chromatin, facilitating transcription, scientists show.
Chameleons Catch Prey with Sticky Spit
Alison F. Takemura | Jun 22, 2016
The lizard’s saliva is thick enough to drag a cricket to its alimentary demise, scientists show.
Esteemed Zoologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
Robert McNeill Alexander, best known for his work on animal locomotion, has passed away aged 81.