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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...

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2009-07-17 09:25:00

While watching swimmers line up during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, former Olympic swimmer and NBC Sports commentator Rowdy Gaines quipped that swimmers keep getting bigger, with the shortest one in the current race towering over the average spectator. What may have been seen as an off-hand remark turns out to illustrate a trend in human development -- elite athletes are getting bigger and bigger. What Gaines did not know was that a new theory by Duke University engineers has indeed...

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2009-07-16 15:10:00

A study published in the July 17 issue of the journal Science details how sandfish -- small lizards with smooth scales -- move rapidly underground through desert sand. In this first thorough examination of subsurface sandfish locomotion, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that the animals place their limbs against their sides and create a wave motion with their bodies to propel themselves through granular media. "When started above the surface, the animals dive into...

2009-06-30 06:50:00

On Foot, Client and Consultant Tackle Marketing Issues Step by Step GOSHEN, Mass., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- If an entrepreneur or professional needs advice, they normally talk it out with a coach or consultant by phone or in an office. When marketing guru Marcia Yudkin read about a Seattle consultant arranging short "pick my brain" sessions at a local cafe, she liked the idea of an informal face-to-face setting. And since she lives in the woods and takes a long walk or hike just about every...

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...

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2009-06-02 13:56:41

Turbulence hampers flight for various bee species, and possibly other insects New research shows some bees brace themselves against wind and turbulence by extending their sturdy hind legs while flying. But this approach comes at a steep cost, increasing aerodynamic drag and the power required for flight by roughly 30 percent, and cutting into the bees' flight performance. The findings are detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Wind is a universal part of life for...

2009-04-29 08:28:43

- Living beings and inanimate phenomena may have more in common than previously thought.At least that is the view of Duke University engineer Adrian Bejan and Penn State biologist James Marden.What they believe connects the two worlds is a theory that flow systems "“ from animal locomotion to the formation of river deltas -- evolve in time to balance and minimize imperfections. Flows evolve to reduce friction or other forms of resistance, so that they flow more easily with time. This...

2009-04-07 09:00:00

DALLAS, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- From Los Angeles to New York, thousands will set off on a new path to fitness tomorrow. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/americanheartassociation/37624/ (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090407/NY95533 ) It's part of the American Heart Association's National Start! Walking Day, when people from all walks of life will trek 30 minutes on paths that cities across the country deem "walker friendly." The...

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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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2009-01-23 08:12:59

The full parking lots at gyms everywhere tell the story. People have decided to make fitness a part of their New Year's resolutions. Taking precautions before you start an exercise program can ensure that your workout is helping rather than hurting, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Exercising and losing weight are good steps to improving overall health and important for treating several medical conditions. However, just like any other lifestyle change, a workout...


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Microraptor
2012-03-21 23:43:50

Microraptor, meaning “small thief,” is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (120 million years ago). This small, four-winged animal was first discovered in the Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning, China, with more than two dozen specimens unearthed. There are two known species of Microraptor. The type species, M. zhaoianus, has been hotly debated for years. It was initially placed in the genus Archaeoraptor before a more accurate description placed it in the...

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2007-10-24 12:34:20

The Giant Pangolin (Manis gigantea), is a species of pangolin. The Giant Pangolin inhabits Africa with a range stretching along the Equator from West Africa to Uganda. It is found mainly in savanna, rainforest, and forest, where there is a large termite population and available water. It does not inhabit high altitude areas. The Giant Pangolin is the largest species of pangolin (scaly anteaters). It belongs to the Manidae family. It was first described by Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger in 1815....

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2005-09-09 07:46:52

The Water strider, (also known as: Skater, Pond Skater, Jesus Bug, Water Skeeter, water scooter, water skater, and Skimmer) is any of a number of predatory insects in the family Gerridae that rely on the surface tension of water to walk on top of it. They live on the surface of ponds, slow streams, marshes, and other quiet waters and can move very quickly (up to 1 m/s) over the surface of water. Aquarius remigis (formerly known as Gerris remigis) is one of the species in Gerridae known as...

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