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2013-04-04 12:18:44

In a study carried out on the Athletic Bilbao Club's women's team, researchers of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country have analyzed changes in the players' bodies and their performance over the season Researchers in the UPV/EHU's department of Physical and Sports Education have worked with 21 players in the Athletic Club women's A team. They have studied the relationship between their routine training (including the matches played) and their anthropometric measurements, parts of...

2013-03-13 15:52:17

When, how and why modern humans first stood up and walked on two legs is considered to be one of the greatest missing links in our evolutionary history. Scientists have gone to the far ends of the earth — and the wonderful creatures in it - to look for answers to why we walk the way we walk. In the latest such search, researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa) have taken a closer look at bipedal kangaroos and wallabies and how they move...

Shoes That Replicate Being Barefoot May Be Bad For Your Bones
2013-03-07 15:06:55

WATCH VIDEO: [Caution on Barefoot Running Shoes] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you´ve expressed any interest in exercise on Google or ℠liked´ a themed race on Facebook, you have, more likely than not, had targeted advertising pop-ups introducing you to the growing trend of minimalist and barefoot footwear. On running trails and at races, the prevalence of ℠barefoot running´ has likely not gone unnoticed. In a new study by...

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...

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...

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...


Latest Locomotion Reference Libraries

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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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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