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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...

2012-04-27 21:46:22

For treatment of vocal fold disorders, UD researchers look to insect protein A one-inch long grasshopper can leap a distance of about 20 inches. Cicadas can produce sound at about the same frequency as radio waves. Fleas measuring only millimeters can jump an astonishing 100 times their height in microseconds. How do they do it? They make use of a naturally occurring protein called resilin. Resilin is a protein in the composite structures found in the leg and wing joints, and sound...

2010-07-27 23:44:39

Researchers have long envied spiders' ability to manufacture silk that is light-weighted while as strong and tough as steel or Kevlar. Indeed, finer than human hair, five times stronger by weight than steel, and three times tougher than the top quality man-made fiber Kevlar, spider dragline silk is an ideal material for numerous applications. Suggested industrial applications have ranged from parachute cords and protective clothing to composite materials in aircrafts. Also, many biomedical...

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...