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Robots can surpass the limitations on how high and far animals can jump, but their success only underscores nature’s ingenuity in making the most of what’s available.
Partnerships between engineers and biologists have begun to reveal how birds evolved their superb maneuverability.
Patterns that guide the development of feathers and other features can be set by mechanical forces in the embryo, not just by gradients of chemicals.
Elastic springs help tiny animals stay fast and strong. New work is finding what size critters must be to benefit from the springs.
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