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 | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution fossils swimming whales

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 | Nov. 4, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology energy fish speed swimming

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

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 | Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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

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 | Jan. 29, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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

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