Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology mars movement planets robots space

‘Steering wheel’ neurons control left and right turns in mice

A new discovery that sheds light on how neurons control whether mice turn right or left while walking could prove useful for people with motor disorders.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains movement neurons spinal-cord walking

Dirty flies offer clues to neural circuits

Researchers have mapped the brain mechanisms that drive movement in grooming fruit flies. That could help fight Parkinson's disease and OCD.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology brains flies motor-neurons movement optogenetics

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 • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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 • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~4 min

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 • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~5 min

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 • futurity
Sept. 26, 2019 ~6 min

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 • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~3 min

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 • futurity
Aug. 23, 2019 ~8 min

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 • futurity
Aug. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine algorithms injuries jobs movement

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