Fish fins are extremely flexible yet also strong. A special segmented fin design is the key to this useful combination of properties and could inspire new morphing materials.
How do squirrels leap through trees without falling? It takes strength, flexibility and finely tuned cognitive skills.
Gymnasts need to carefully calibrate their leg muscles to gain optimum spring from the floor, springboard or beam. And their arms are crucial for balance and creating the right amount of rotation.
Usain Bolt can run at about 6 body lengths a second. An arachnid in California can do 322.
Swimming underwater reduces drag so much there are rules against doing it for too long. But the best swimmers make the most of what’s allowed.
In track and field, it’s a common belief that middle lanes are the fastest. But according to the data, middle lanes aren’t better, and in the 200-meter sprint, outside lanes might even be faster.
The future of wearable technology holds limitless potential for elite athletes to optimize and enhance their athletic performance.
From mythical beasts to extinct creatures, the pioneering special effects work of Ray Harryhausen inspired a generation of zoologists, palaeontologists and ecologists.
A high-tech twist on an old idea – running on springs – could give human-powered movement its biggest boost in more than a century.
Body mass matters in rugby. But other factors play a bigger role in determining victory.
It probably sounds bad or uncomfortable to you. But stiffness is part of what gives elite athletes the spring in their muscles.
Understanding geckos' movements could lead to better robots.
There are many factors that set elite runners apart from other runners, including training volume, physiology, tendon function and running technique.
Athletes competing in para hockey at the Paralympic Games in South Korea have unique biomechanical skills. A Canadian researcher explains how beginners in the sport can improve their skating skills.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The rise of India’s Ravichandran Ashwin is down to both art and science.