biomechanics
Physical Force Upregulates Gene Expression
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
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
Esteemed Zoologist Dies
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
Robert McNeill Alexander, best known for his work on animal locomotion, has passed away aged 81.
Paper Containing Creationist Language Pulled
Paper Containing Creationist Language Pulled
Bob Grant | Mar 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.”
Leader in Biomechanics Dies
Leader in Biomechanics Dies
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2015
Duke’s Steven Vogel studied how plants and animals adapt to the physical world.
Squirmy Sperm
Squirmy Sperm
Kerry Grens | Nov 12, 2015
Scientists observe another form of locomotion for male gametes, akin to a snake’s slither.
Hearing Discrepancy Probed
Hearing Discrepancy Probed
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 1, 2015
Common in vitro experiments have distorted the true mechanics of mammalian hair cell stereocilia.
Hip to be Square
Hip to be Square
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 6, 2015
Scientists use 3-D printing and computer modeling to demonstrate the advantages of the seahorse’s non-cylindrical tail.
Eyelash Defenders
Eyelash Defenders
Jenny Rood | Feb 25, 2015
Mammalian eyelashes are the optimal length for protecting eyes from dust and drying out, a study suggests.
Snap, Crackle, Pop!
Snap, Crackle, Pop!
Jenny Rood | Feb 11, 2015
Physicists explain the dynamics of popping popcorn.