Counterintuitively, cells move faster in thicker fluids. New research on breast cancer cells explains why, and reveals the role that fluid viscosity plays in metastasis.
Thinking of trying barefoot running? We investigated a new strategy to switch from traditional shoe to barefoot running, and why barefoot running may work for some runners but not others.
Players can optimise their energy resources by adopting different styles when running in short bursts or longer periods.
How can they run and run and run for so long? What makes them so good at speedy changes of direction? Biomechanically, is there a certain body type perfect for football?
Executing the perfect manoeuvre on the slopes requires foresight, technical skill and being able to think on the go.
Heart disease can change the genetic structure of heart cells. Understanding the role that mechanical forces play in these changes could lead to improvements in artificial tissue design.
Understanding how brain folding works could help researchers better diagnose and treat neurodevelopmental disorders.
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.