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Pygmy Mole Crickets Can Jump On Water
2012-12-03 16:41:51

Cell Press [ Watch The Video ] Pygmy mole crickets are known to be prodigious jumpers on land. Now, researchers reporting in the December 4th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have found that the tiny insects have found an ingenious method to jump from the water, too. Their secret is a series of spring-loaded, oar-like paddles on their back legs. "Pygmy mole crickets have solved the most difficult task of jumping from the surface of water," says Malcolm Burrows of...

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2011-02-10 08:05:00

Researchers from Cambridge University have successfully recorded fleas jumping, and in the process discovered exactly how the tiny insects leap so quickly and cover such great distances. While Henry Bennet-Clark discovered in 1967 that fleas are capable of storing enough energy to catapult themselves high into the air and cover distances some 200 times their own body length, questions remained about exactly how the creatures were able to utilize that stored energy. According to a press...

2009-05-29 10:22:42

Animals can simplify the brain control of their limb movements by moving a joint with just one muscle that operates against a spring made of the almost perfect elastic substance called resilin. This principle is analyzed and illustrated by striking photographs and high-speed video footage, published in the open access journal BMC Biology, of the movements of the mouthparts of crabs and crayfish. Malcolm Burrows from the University of Cambridge, UK investigated the presence of resilin, an...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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