Ancient crocs walked on two legs the size of ours

Fossil footprints in what is now South Korea are evidence that some species of ancient crocodiles walked on two feet.

U. Queensland • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution dinosaurs fossils reptiles walking featured science-and-technology feet

AI lets robotic prosthetics ‘see’ uncertain terrain

AI will help people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons walk securely on terrains, such as tile, brick, concrete, grass, and "upstairs" and "downstairs."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: walking cameras algorithms artifical-intelligence science-and-technology balance prostheses

Tyrannosaurus rex was terrifyingly good at walking

Smaller dinosaurs needed speed, but huge predators like Tyrannosaurus rex relied less on moving fast and more on energy-efficient walking.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: dinosaurs walking featured science-and-technology predators speed

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

The wrong arch may get credit for foot stiffness

The arch over the top of your foot, rather than the arch along its length, keeps your foot in shape while walking or running, researchers find.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution walking running featured health-and-medicine feet

‘Walking sharks’ use their fins to stroll around

The "ability to withstand low oxygen environments and walk on their fins gives them a remarkable edge over their prey of small crustaceans and mollusks."

U. Queensland • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: sharks walking new-species featured science-and-technology

Walking speed at 45 may indicate accelerated aging

A long-term study finds that a simple test of walking speed may detect signs of aging at age 45, and that the brains of slower walkers were different in preschool.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Oct. 14, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: exercise aging brains walking featured health-and-medicine speed

To get better sleep, walk 1 more mile a week?

Researchers asked people to walk more, about a mile more every week over the course of a month. The findings suggest a way to improve sleep.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Sept. 26, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: exercise sleep walking health-and-medicine

Ancient pelvis may shed light on the evolution of walking

"…rather than asking why human ancestors stood up from all fours, perhaps we should be asking why our ancestors never dropped down on all fours in the first place."

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: evolution fossils walking bones featured science-and-technology feet

To boost your daily steps, add a little competition

Want to boost your daily step count? A little competition may do more to achieve your goal than support or collaboration.

Frank Otto-Penn • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: exercise walking competition motivation health-and-medicine wearable-devices

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