Tiny eye motions let you spot stuff at a distance

New research finds that eye movements, ones so small you're not even aware of them, play a large part in seeing at a distance, what's also called visual acuity.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology eyes movement vision

Tiny motors show it takes a ’tilt’ to swim upstream

Swimming upstream isn't easy, but a specific head tilt motion can make it easier, new research with nano-sized motors shows.

James Devitt-NYU | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biomimicry movement nanotechnology swimming

Turtle spine signals reveal how movement starts

The neurons of itchy turtles show that movement most likely starts in a network of cells, not one "command center."

Anders Buch-Larsen | Oct. 7, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine als movement muscles nerve-cells spinal-cord-injury spine

Movement doesn’t help us learn virtual reality spaces

For learning about digital spaces in virtual reality, it may not matter whether we control our movement with a joystick or our bodies.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona | Sept. 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology learning movement navigation virtual-reality

Fine motor skills of kids with autism predict language risk

Fine motor skills are a strong predictor of whether children with autism are at risk for long-term language disabilities, research finds.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism childrens-health movement speech

The way roaches run could teach robots a thing or two

A better understanding of how cockroaches scurry could speed up work to get robots to move naturally.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | Aug. 23, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry insects movement robots

Algorithm would warn warehouse workers about risky motions

Warehouse workers risk workplace injuries from awkward postures or body movements. An algorithm could warn them before they get hurt.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | Aug. 23, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine algorithms injuries jobs movement

Roach-sized robot is fast, tough, and super strong

A tiny robot that has the speed and toughness of a cockroach can withstand 1 million times its own weight—a big advantage in search and rescue missions.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry insects movement robots

Watch: Algorithm lets people walk right out of images

"Photo Wake-Up is a new way to interact with photos." See what it can do for Picasso, Matisse, and Stephen Curry.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | June 17, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology algorithms art images movement photography

Prosthetic ‘tripod foot’ offers stability on rough terrain

A tripod foot could make walking on hiking trails and other rough terrain more manageable for people who use a prosthetic.

Nathan Collins-Stanford | June 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine balance feet movement prostheses walking

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