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2011-12-21 06:26:02

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Severely impaired stroke survivors could walk better when assisted by a robotic system on top of conventional rehabilitation, according to this study. Italian researchers evaluated two-year mobility outcomes in 48 stroke survivors who had been discharged from a hospital and were unable to walk at the study's start. Half underwent conventional overground gait rehabilitation and half had conventional rehab plus electromechanical robotic gait training for several...

2011-12-14 05:00:00

Masters Runner Brian Pilcher Uses New Cross-Training Device to Help Put Together a Career-Best Year in 2011 and Looks Forward to Record-Breaking Marathon Attempt in January Ross, CA (PRWEB) December 14, 2011 2011 was a banner year for Brian Pilcher. After earning three medals at the World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships, he won the U.S. National Masters Track Championship in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meters for men 55 - 59 and then clocked a record-setting 1:12:52 half...

Flexible Robot Can Change Gait, Travel Over Various Terrain
2011-11-29 06:18:12

[ Watch the Video ] A team of Harvard University scientists have developed a new flexible robot that can crawl, adjust its gait, squeeze under obstacles, and slide its way through tight spaces. According to BBC News Science Editor Paul Rincon, the "soft" robot was inspired by creatures such as the squid and the starfish, and has "several" advantages over more rigid, traditional style machines that have wheels or treads, including a greater array of movement types and less difficulty...

2011-11-01 15:09:08

University of Calgary Running Injury Clinic researchers examine effectiveness of shoe inserts It's one of those mysteries that has baffled runners and running doctors for decades: Why do orthotics work? Orthotics are commonly prescribed for painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, and, anecdotally, people swear by them, however scientists aren't exactly sure how they work. A recent study by University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology researcher Reed Ferber, PhD, published in the...

Robot Helps Researchers Understand Evolution Of Wings
2011-10-18 12:19:29

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists from University of California - Berkeley have built a six-legged robot to help gain a better understanding of the evolution of early birds and insects. The new study showed that the origin of wings may lie in animals that dwelled in trees rather than on the ground. The researchers said the flapping wings increased the speed of the running robot by 90 percent and also enabled it to climb steeper gradients, which would be important in the development of a...

Fingerprinting With Footsteps
2011-09-08 07:45:56

  Every person´s gait is so unique that their way of walking could be used as a way of identifying them, according to a new study published on Wednesday. The study, led by Todd Pataky at Shinshu University in Japan, looked at the barefoot walking characteristics of 104 volunteers, such as the way the heel strikes the ground, the way the forefoot rolls and how the foot pushes off. The researchers found that footstep patterns identified each person with 99.6 percent accuracy,...

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2011-08-17 09:35:00

A team of robotics researchers have been hard at work in their lab to create a bipedal autonomous robot which has had some impressive results so far. With the aid of DARPA, the Ph.D students from the University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science named their working model MABEL (not an acronym) and have programmed it to sprint at varying speeds in the same way a human moves its limbs, The Daily Mail is reporting. This bipedal technology, which can mimic a...

2011-07-19 09:07:00

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GAITS announced today that they have partnered with the University of New Mexico School of Engineering and have funded a scholarship in GAITS' name to support students who are studying in the field of Information Technology.. With this gift, GAITS reaffirms its commitment to the local community in Albuquerque where we currently have over 200 employees working in this field. It is the GAITS philosophy to always be good corporate citizens and...

2011-06-30 00:00:28

NY Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy offers information and advice aimed at preventing running injuries in a newly published book titled "Running Without Injury" New York, NY (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 NY Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy (NYSM) is pleased to introduce their newly published booklet, Running Without Injury. The booklet is a collaboration between Dr. Michael Neely, a leading NY sports medicine specialist and co-owner of NYSportsMed, and physical therapist Krista Simon,...


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
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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