A variant of Piezo1 may boost tendon strength and, subsequently, athletic ability.
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The discovery of the role that the protein Piezo1 plays in touch and body awareness won the 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Piezo1 may also be a significant player in motor function.
Walking vertically – or even upside down – is a piece of cake for ants.
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Ant feet are equipped with an array of tools – from retractable sticky pads to claws to special spines and hairs – enabling them to defy gravity and grip virtually any surface.
Cartilage makes this scalloped hammerhead shark’s body flexible.
Hard and strong, or bendy and flexible? A cartilaginous skeleton provides advantages in the ocean, but wouldn’t stand up to life on land.
How do they stick their landings?
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How do squirrels leap through trees without falling? It takes strength, flexibility and finely tuned cognitive skills.
Hollywood has picked a winner, but what does the science say?
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Hollywood loves a good monster battle, and where better to turn for inspiration than the animal kingdom? Traits from real animals can provide clues about the fighting prowess of Kong and Godzilla.
Bipedal movement has existed in modern reptiles for much longer than we previously knew.
Latching springs provide a boost.
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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.
While there’s evidence for the efficacy of some supplements as potential treatments for depression, there’s none for others, and some have been found to be ineffective.
Over two-thirds of Australians are thought to use complementary medicines ranging from vitamin and mineral supplements to herbal to aromatherapy and homeopathic products. Mental health concerns are one…
Kangaroos use their tails to help propel their walking. Researchers from University of New South Wales videotaped red kangaroos…