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2014-07-02 11:07:23

Society for Experimental Biology How do ants manage to move so nimbly whilst coordinating three pairs of legs and a behind that weighs up to 60% of their body mass? German scientists have recently developed a device that may reveal the answer. Measuring the forces generated by single limbs is vital to understanding the energetics of animal locomotion. However, with very small animals such as insects, this becomes problematic. Dr Reinhardt (Friedrich-Schiller University) used an elastic...

2013-12-04 23:24:01

Digital platform from UCLA Wireless Health Institute to power breakthrough Isowalk mobility assistant. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 04, 2013 Isowalk, a New York-based startup focused on next-generation solutions for mobility assistance, has announced a comprehensive technology and development collaboration with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The collaboration will integrate a state-of-the-art gait analysis system developed by UCLA's Wireless Health Institute...

2013-08-05 23:19:45

Michelle Champlin, Founder & CEO of Dubai Podiatry Centre, the UAE's leading foot, ankle, leg and hip clinic, explores the pros and cons of barefoot running which has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. Is it all good and can anyone run 'barefoot'? Dubai, UAE (PRWEB) August 05, 2013 What is barefoot running? The rationale for barefoot running is to run in a more 'natural' way with your forefoot striking the ground first. Barefoot aficionados claim that...

Understanding Undulatory Swimming Motions In Sandfish
2013-06-05 08:57:24

Georgia Institute of Technology What do swimmers like trout, eels and sandfish lizards have in common? According to a new study, the similar timing patterns that these animals use to contract their muscles and produce undulatory swimming motions can be explained using a simple model. Scientists have now applied the new model to understand the connection between the electrical signals and body movement in the sandfish. Most swimming creatures rely on an undulating pattern of body...

Terrain Played Evolutionary Role To Upright Walking In Humans
2013-05-24 13:22:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Archaeologists from the University of York have challenged evolutionary theories about why our ancestors began walking upright. Publishing research in the journal Antiquity, the team wrote that our upright gait may have begun in the rugged landscape of East and South Africa, which was a terrain shaped by volcanoes and shifting tectonic plates. "Our research shows that bipedalism may have developed as a response to the terrain,...

2013-04-22 23:04:24

The New Website Demonstrates the Advantages of the “Grip-N-Assist” Gait Belt with Handles, Showing How the Belt Solves the Leading Cause of Injury to Seniors Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 22, 2013 Left Coast Sports Innovation llc. enhanced its website, http://www.grip-n-assist.com allowing consumers to purchase the gait belts online, view videos about the products, and receive answers to frequently asked questions. There are 3 different models based on size, the most popular...

2013-03-19 11:43:49

Many of today's running shoes feature a heavy cushioned heel. New research presented today at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that these shoes may alter an adolescent runner's biomechanics (the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure) and diminish performance. Researchers recruited 12 adolescent competitive athletes from local track teams, and asked them to run on a treadmill in large heel trainers, track flats...

Running Cockroaches Give Robotics A Fast Track To Success
2013-02-23 08:28:09

[WATCH VIDEO: From Running Roaches To Robots] April Flowers for redOrbit — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Michigan have found that running cockroaches begin to recover from being pushed sideways even before their nervous systems kick in to tell their legs what to do. The research team hopes that these new insights on the stabilization of biological systems could one day help engineers design steadier robots. The findings, published online in Biological...

Backaches Evolved Once We Started To Walk Upright
2013-02-15 19:08:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Feeling like your feet are a little sore or you have a backache after a day of shopping or walking around town? Well, scientists now say you can blame that on evolution. Bruce Latimer, an anthropologist from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, says adapting to upright walking has resulted in physical challenges that affect most humans. "If an engineer were given the task to design the human body, he...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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