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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...

2013-01-07 10:12:22

Hawaiian waterfall-climbing fish use same muscles to climb and feed Going against the flow is always a challenge, but some waterfall-climbing fish have adapted to their extreme lifestyle by using the same set of muscles for both climbing and eating, according to research published January 4 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Richard Blob and colleagues from Clemson University. The Nopili rock-climbing goby is known to inch its way up waterfalls as tall as 100 meters by using a...

2012-12-04 08:21:06

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hexapods, also known as PKM or parallel kinematic machines, were designed many years ago for amusement rides and later mostly known as flight simulators for pilot training. Over the years new designs of the PKM's were developed for the micron precision world of manufacturing, laboratories motion needs and product inspection. Although many modern day Hexapod companies tout nanometer resolution or repeatability, the real issue with Hexapods for...

Ancient Artificial Toes Are First Prosthetics
2012-10-02 21:14:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers determined that ancient Egyptian artificial toes may have had more than just cosmetic purposes, but may actually have been the world's first prosthetic body parts. Archaeologists found a three-part wood and leather toe dating from between 950 to 710 BC on a female mummy buried in Luxor, Egypt. They also found a toe made up of a papier maché mixture called cartonnage, dating back to before before 600 BC....

Anatomy Of Running Focuses On Biomechanics Of The Body
2012-08-13 09:13:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When it comes to modern era distance running, experts have mixed opinions: some say humans are born to run while others say our bodies need careful cross training to stay healthy. Jay Dicharry, author of the new book “Anatomy for Runners,” believes running alone cannot make you a better runner. “Running is typically a one-dimensional sport,” said Dicharry, a physical therapist and the director of...

More Adults Choose Walking For Better Health
2012-08-08 09:35:20

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It´s confirmed: walking is back in style. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revealed that six in 10 adults get their daily dose of exercise with walking. However, less than half of the adults are meeting the minimum amount of physical activity to boost their health. In particular, the Vital Signs report stated that sixty two percent of adults walked at least once for 10 minutes or more during a...

Hey You! Look Up! Distracted Walking A Growing Concern
2012-07-31 06:26:11

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Talking on a phone and walking at the same time. Texting while not looking forward. Listening to music and playing a video game simultaneously. These are just a few examples of distracted walking. According to government officials and safety experts, distracted walking is a growing issue. The Associated Press recently reported that the number of injuries related to distracted walking has more than quadrupled over the past seven...

Jumping Microrobot Mimics Water Strider
2012-07-29 08:40:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they have developed the very first bio-inspired microrobot that completely mimics a real water strider. Not only can this tiny device walk on water, but it can also jump up and down continuously just like the water strider. The jumping ability allows the robot to avoid obstacles on reconnaissance or other missions. Led by Qinmin Pan, the researchers...

The Olympics And Bare Feet
2012-07-27 10:32:52

Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila made history when he earned a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His speed and agility won him the gold, but it was barefoot running that made him a legend. When the shoes Bikila was given for the race didn't fit comfortably, he ditched them for his bare feet. After all, that's the way he had trained for the Olympics in his homeland. Racing shoeless led to success for Bikila, and now, more than 50 years later, runners are continuing to take...

2012-07-22 23:00:59

UK Runners Suffer from Stiff Upper Hips--Somax Performance Institute Tiburon, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2012 Somax Performance Institute (http://somaxsports.com), the world leader in analyzing, measuring and improving running mechanics, has found that British Olympic runners (with the exception of Mo Farah, who was born in Somalia) are much stiffer than British Olympic runners from 15-30 years ago, which explains why UK running records are 15-30 years old. Since their hips are also stiffer than...


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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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