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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...

2011-05-25 14:38:41

In a first-of-its-kind study comparing human walking and running motions "“ and whether the hips, knees or ankles are the most important power sources for these motions "“ researchers at North Carolina State University show that the hips generate more of the power when people walk, but the ankles generate more of the power when humans run. Knees provide approximately one-fifth or less of walking or running power. The research could help inform the best ways of building assistive...

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2011-05-20 12:56:48

Does it explain why we walk upright and why women like tall men?A University of Utah study shows that men hit harder when they stand on two legs than when they are on all fours, and when hitting downward rather than upward, giving tall, upright males a fighting advantage.This may help explain why our ape-like human ancestors began walking upright and why women tend to prefer tall men."The results of this study are consistent with the hypothesis that our ancestors adopted bipedal posture so...

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2011-05-09 06:45:00

Better infrastructure and targeted programs needed to encourage active travel, finds Rutgers professor and study leader John Pucher A new study led by a Rutgers researcher and published in the American Journal of Public Health reports a significant increase in walking between 2001 and 2009 in the United States, but only slight growth in cycling. John Pucher, a professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, headed the team from Rutgers, Virginia Tech and the...

2011-05-04 13:14:13

Rock climbers are having a negative impact on rare cliff-dwelling plants, ecologists have found. Writing in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology they say that in areas popular with climbers, conservation management plans should be drawn up so that some cliffs are protected from climbers. The Northern Franconian Jura and the Swabian Alb are two of Germany's most important climbing areas but also the last European stronghold of the rare yellow whitlowgrass (Draba azoides)...

2011-04-08 00:00:29

The recent North American Tree Climbing Championships in Savannah, Georgia, brought together 67 of the continent's most skilled arborists. Usually these intrepid climbers trim trees to beautify landscape or clear power lines. On this weekend, their skills were judged for speed, accuracy and style. Safety is a priority, safety eyewear is mandatory, and Defog It antifog was given to every competitor to assure a clear, safe view. A Defog It short film documents the event. Valley View, Ohio...

2011-04-06 06:00:00

New app features more than 2,500 American Heart Association-designated walking paths DALLAS, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Finding a safe, free and centrally located walking path is now as easy as picking up the phone, thanks to a new smartphone application from the American Heart Association. The free Walking Paths app enables users to find, tag and "like" more than 2,500 American Heart Association-designated walking paths across the country, or even create and save favorite...


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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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.