Jellyfish robot outswims the real thing

A new kind of soft robot gets its moves from jellyfish. But the robots can outpace the real-life ocean animals by a fair bit.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots swimming biomimicry featured science-and-technology speed

Physics-defying ocean critter’s ‘propeller’ caught on camera

"These incredibly abundant and ecologically-important marine animals have a neat trick to beat the physics of their environment..."

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: swimming oceans plankton science-and-technology locomotion

Whale fossil bridges gap between foot- and tail-powered swimming

A 35 million-year-old whale fossil is a brand new species and represents an intermediate stage between foot- and tail-powered swimming.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: evolution fossils swimming whales science-and-technology

This school shape gives swimming fish an energy burst

Fish swimming in schools use less energy and move faster than those that swim alone. But school shape matters, too.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Nov. 4, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: energy fish swimming science-and-technology speed

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: nanotechnology swimming movement biomimicry science-and-technology

Quicker method to track outbreaks from poo in the pool

Pools are a common source of Shigella bacteria, which can cause severe diarrhea. Whole genome sequencing could help track outbreaks faster.

Matthew Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria swimming genomes health-and-medicine digestive-system food-poisoning

Why don’t birds fly into each other?

Birds and fish can move in groups without hitting each other because of the way followers "surf" on the leaders' wake. Here's how it works.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Jan. 29, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: sustainability birds fish swimming renewable-energy science-and-technology flight

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