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2010-01-22 10:51:15

New evidence identifies critical variable imposing biological limit to running speed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's record-setting performances have unleashed a wave of interest in the ultimate limits to human running speed. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology offers intriguing insights into the biology and perhaps even the future of human running speed. The newly published evidence identifies the critical variable imposing the biological limit to running speed, and...

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2010-01-17 13:55:00

Göttingen scientists develop an autonomous walking robot that flexibly switches between many different gaits by using "chaos control" Even simple insects can generate quite different movement patterns with their six legs. The animal uses various gaits depending on whether it crawls uphill or downhill, slowly or fast. Scientists from Göttingen have now developed a walking robot, which - depending on the situation - can flexibly and autonomously switch between different gaits. The...

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2009-12-23 07:15:00

Arizona State University researchers have developed a prosthetic device that literally puts the spring back into an amputee's step. The ASU scientists have developed and refined SPARKy (for spring ankle with regenerative kinetics) into a smart, active and energy storing below-the-knee (transbitial) prosthesis. SPARKy is the first prosthetic device to apply regenerative kinetics to its design, which resulted in a lightweight (four pound) device that allows the wearer to walk on grass, cement...

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2009-07-29 11:13:43

Scientists have discovered that the reason we swing our arms while we walk can be attributed to our body's natural ability to conserve energy. Scientists have long been puzzled over the reasons why humans swing their arms while walking. But a recent study conducted by researchers in the US and the Netherlands appears to have found that answer. They found that it actually requires 12 percent more metabolic energy to hold arms still rather than swinging them while walking. Researchers from the...

2009-06-09 13:50:00

MINNEAPOLIS, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than 80 years, Courage Center, the Minnesota-based non-profit rehabilitation and resource center, has been a leader in incorporating new and innovative technologies into their therapies. That legacy continues today: Courage Center Forest Lake is the first site in the midwest to offer Interactive Metronome Gait Mate(R) which focuses on improving a person's walking pattern. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090609/CG30042) The IM Gait...

2009-05-14 06:00:00

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- GAITS is awarded a four year contract with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Department of Energy. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070628/GAITSLOGO ) INL's mission is to ensure the nation's Energy Security and Sustainable Energy Systems. GAITS will support INL's mission by providing a wide array of Energy Technology Services -- (programming; software analysis; enterprise architecture; system administration; network engineering; cyber...

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2009-01-26 14:05:34

Despite the fact that most of us see our four-legged friends walking around every day, most of us-including many experts in natural history museums and illustrators for veterinary anatomy text books-apparently still don't know how they do it. A new study published in the January 27th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, shows that anatomists, taxidermists, and toy designers get the walking gait of horses and other quadruped animals wrong about half the time. That's despite the...

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2008-12-15 12:02:28

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that early humans could have walked successfully on a 'flexible' flat foot, similar to modern day gibbons. The arched 'rigid' foot of modern humans "“ thought to have appeared approximately 1.8 million years ago "“ is best adapted for upright walking, but scientists have found that early humans once had 'flexible' feet and could have walked on the ground some years earlier. Scientists originally thought that a flexible foot...

2008-11-19 15:56:29

Scholars in the Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering (IBSS), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) used a three-dimensional locomotion video-recording and measuring system to observe and measure the angular rotation of joints in gecko's limbs when they were running on horizontal floor and climbing on vertical wall. This work helps us to understand gecko's locomotion from the view point of angle change of joints and to provide a direct...

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2008-06-09 13:35:00

Biometrics is commonly associated retinal scans, iris recognition and DNA databases, but researchers in India are working on another form of biometrics that could allow law enforcement agencies and airport security to recognize suspects based on the way they were, their characteristic gait. The team reveals details of a comprehensive framework for gait recognition by computer in the inaugural issue of the Inderscience publication, the International Journal of Biometrics.C. Nandini of the...