Latching springs provide a boost.
Yun Seong Song et al (2017)
For those with reduced mobility and even just the normally aging, stairs can pose a big problem. A cheap and efficient new prototype could help.
New research reveals how flamingos can stand – and even sleep – on one leg for so long.
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all?
Carlos Bustamante Restrepo
These birds spend long periods, often asleep, standing on one leg. Is it passive biomechanics or active nervous system control of their muscles that allows them to do easily what's impossible for us?
Springy soles, stiffer shoes, lightweight materials. When does shoe design give some runners an unfair advantage?
Running shoes with springs in the soles have been touted as the next big thing in shoe design. But they won't turn a weekend warrior into an Olympian.
Gotcha, five times faster than the blink of an eye.
Candler Hobbs/Georgia Tech
How do a frog's tongue and saliva work together to be sticky enough to lift 1.4 times the animal's body weight? Painstaking lab work found their spit switches between two distinct phases to nab prey.
Ravi Ashwin celebrates the wicket of England batsman Joe Root in Mumbai.
Rafiq Maqbool AP/Press Association Images
The rise of India's Ravichandran Ashwin is down to both art and science.
These athletes have the strength, speed and spring to jump over 18 metres.
Filter-feeding fish have had 150 million years to improve filtration.
Rob Holm / USFWS
Even the best engineered filters get clogged eventually. Fish mouths have evolved structures that create unique fluid dynamics patterns that solve that problem.
Easy to remember how to do, hard to figure out how it’s working.
What does it take to keep a bicycle upright and moving, without crashing?
Biofabrication takes place at the intersection of biology and technology.
At the nexus of medical science, engineering, computer science and 3D printing is the biofabricator, a new career for the 21st century.
Antechinus on branch. If a predator appears, there aren’t many places to run.
The decisions an animal makes when escaping a predator can mean the difference between life or death.
A juvenile male black-throated mango hummingbird (
Anthracothorax nigricollis) extending his tongue after drinking nectar.
By filming these ultra-speedy feeders at transparent fake flowers, researchers finally figured out how hummingbirds slurp up the nectar so fast.
Observing the foreflipper clap.
The way sea lions swim is unique among fish and marine mammals. Their technique provides a biomechanical model to design agile underwater vehicles... but first we have to figure out how they do it.
Keeping it together. Staying out the wind. the TTT at the Giro d'Italia.
Aukje de Vrijer
Mountains? Pah. 60kph sprints and 220km stages? They're nothing. The thing most troubling the teas battling for the yellow jersey is this time trial.
Usain Bolt surprisingly synchronised his steps with Tyson Gay (left) when he broke the world record at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2009.
Synchronising his steps with the next fastest runner may have helped Usain Bolt win the world record in the 100 metre sprint.
It is never easy to run 100m in less than ten seconds, as the recent Commonwealth Games demonstrated. However, as the world record stands at 9.58 seconds, the attention in recent years has turned to whether…
Javelin throwers make it look easy, but there’s more to the action than you might think.
David Davies/PA Wire
The Commonwealth Games women’s javelin finals were held overnight, with Aussies Kim Mickle and Kelsey-Lee Roberts picking up gold (plus a Games record) and bronze respectively. Seven-time British champion…
Cyclists in the Monash Wind Tunnel are able to measure the effects of their gear on wind resistance.
As the Tour de France approaches its final days, teams will be looking to place their top riders in the best possible position for the all-important individual time trial in the penultimate stage, where…
Australia’s Cate Campbell transitioning from the on-block phase to the flight phase of a swimming start.
The swimming events of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games are among the first on the schedule. Australia and the UK tend to do quite well in the swimming events – as does Canada – so it’s an excellent opportunity…
Nick Kyrgios’ blistering serve has attracted the attention of tennis fans around the world.
A big serve proved its value as part of Australian wild card Nick Kyrgios’ game yesterday, with 37 aces in his fourth round Wimbledon victory over world number one Rafael Nadal. Kyrgios, the first player…