In this ScienceTake from The New York Times, we watch a young praying mantis leap over and over and over again… a completely fascinating, rather cartoon-like action that can be super-useful for scientists and engineers to understand. Why? Studying a juvenile mantis’ successful jumps can help inform how to better engineer robots, properly shifting their center of mass during jumps. File under biomimicry.

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