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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,...

2011-06-28 21:02:39

McGill and Concordia researchers study how weather affects pedestrian rates Canadians aren't the only people concerned with weather, eh? A new study from McGill and Concordia universities observed pedestrians in nine cities around the world and found people are less likely to walk when temperatures dip below zero, when there's too much rain or too much snow. Published in the journal Environment and Behavior, the study was conducted over 170 days from late fall to early summer. "A 5 degree...

2011-06-23 15:41:35

Why don't you ever see baby pigeons? For the same reason you don't see many chicks: they can't fly. It can take months for their partially developed wings and flight muscles to become airworthy, and by then the youngsters are almost fullygrown. However, long before their maiden flight, pigeon chicks probably put their developing wings to use, flapping as they run up steep branches. Brandon Jackson from the University of Montana, USA, explains that Ken Dial and his son first noticed this...

2011-06-21 14:47:00

RESTON, Va., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Analytic Information Technology Services, LLC (GAITS), a premier provider of information technology, energy technology, and cybersecurity solutions to the Department of Energy and other federal government customers, has received a minority investment from FedCap Partners, LLC. "GAITS has a very attractive position in the expanding federal energy market with contracts at multiple DOE National Laboratories," stated Leslee Belluchie, Managing...

2011-06-02 22:22:01

Hip strengthening exercises performed by female runners not only significantly reduced patellofemoral pain -- a common knee pain experienced by runners -- but they also improved the runners' gaits, according to Indiana University motion analysis expert Tracy Dierks. "The results indicate that the strengthening intervention was successful in reducing pain, which corresponded to improved mechanics," said Dierks, associate professor of physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation...


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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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Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.