Study Finds Formula for All Animal Movement

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Texas A&M University researchers have discovered a physics formula that explains all animal movement. The formula applies to insects, birds, fish, mammals and everything between.

Study Suggests All Animals Move Alike Via 'Magic Formula'

Despite the various shapes and components of animals' bodies, they all move in essentially the same way.

"We found insects, birds, bats, whales, fish, dolphins, even smaller mollusks are all using the same basic mechanics," said marine biologist Nathan Johnson.

Researchers hope this discovery will shed light on the evolution of various species. Their abilities to adapt to nature could lead scientists to new forms of human engineering.

"The best reason we can think that these similarities are there in nature is that they are the most energy efficient," Johnson said.

While humans struggle to improve aircraft designs, flying animals use their own bodies effortlessly. The study found that animals all flex their fins, tails or wings within a range of 30 to 60 degrees. For now, human-engineered vehicles cannot replicate this flexibility.

"Until now, we have been able to observe animals using flexible wings or fins but we haven't known anything about how flexible a successful wing might need to be," Johnson said.

"The goal is to make it easier than it was before to work out how designs should function. So this research can be used in future designs," Johnson said.

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Hopw come we have to see all those scam ads about making super money, when anyone with half a wit knows %99.99 of the time, it's untrue?
Seems like those went away for a while, but now they are back in force.

February 25 2014 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Science is man trying to explain the unexplainable!

February 25 2014 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hank's Mom

It's called Gpod-given instinct.

February 25 2014 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We're all just part of someone's giant computer game, after all!

February 25 2014 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When a person refers to nature as something inexplicable, they do not realize that what they are really doing is giving the glory and honor to our Creator. We did not "evolve"; we were created b the Ultimate Designer: God Almighty!

February 25 2014 at 8:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

and the meek shall inherit the earth or should I say the heavily armed meek. But how meek are the heavily armed?

How many guns would Jesus have

February 25 2014 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They spend half thier time marveling over gods wonders and the other half killing them, go figure.

February 25 2014 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply


February 25 2014 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

that "common" denominator is called gravity or rather "center of gravity" all creatures have a center of gravity, and it's proportional to their balance.

February 25 2014 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Birds are very fascinating in their ability to instinctively use their wings for transportation .Living in a nest for weeks, building strength from their parents has to be instinctive in nature ,other wise they would rolling out of their nest upon hatching . Their parents don't teach them how to fly .They only know when the time comes to force them out of the nest ,and not a day earlier .

February 25 2014 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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