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The old idea of running with springs on your feet gets a high-tech makeover. Krisztina Braun

Robo-boot concept promises 50% faster running

A high-tech twist on an old idea – running on springs – could give human-powered movement its biggest boost in more than a century.
Australia’s Michael Shelley will run in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games marathon. AAP

The science of elite long distance running

There are many factors that set elite runners apart from other runners, including training volume, physiology, tendon function and running technique.
Billy Bridges of Canada and Kevin McKee of the U.S. in action during the para ice hockey gold medal game at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Bob Martin/Olympic Information Service)

Understanding the science of para ice hockey

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.
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all? Carlos Bustamante Restrepo

Neuromechanics of flamingos’ amazing feats of balance

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? from www.shutterstock.com

Beware the hype – springy soles won’t make you run much faster

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

The frog tongue is a high-speed adhesive

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.

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