Topic: Locomotion

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Luxo Jr. Pencil Test: Emotional storytelling in wire frames

How do animators make a character lovable when the character doesn't have a face and doesn't speak? How can you build a relatable story with something as minimal as a computer generated pencil test? How do you communi...

ScienceTake: The secrets of a sidewinder snake on a sandy slope

If you've ever run up a sandy hill, you know it can be tough to get up it quickly -- each foot sinking and sliding as you climb upward. Sidewinder snakes, however, can slither up hills rather efficiently, even in comp...

MIT’s electric cheetah-bot runs offleash

Quiet, efficient, and powerful: MIT's robotic cheetah has a "custom-designed, high-torque-density" electric motor, and can run and jump around without being tethered to an external power source. It's also looking ...

ScienceTake: For Kangaroos, Tail Becomes a Fifth Leg

What makes a leg a leg? What if a leg is a kangaroo tail? In a recent study, scientists observed, recorded, and measured data for five red kangaroos that were trained to walk slowly on a force-measuring platform. T...

ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot (2014)

The world's most advanced humanoid robot can run smoothly at a record 9kph (5.6mph), recognizes faces and voices, shakes hands, has incredible balance -- can jump, hop, climb stairs, kick soccer balls, pour drinks wit...

Swimming Feather Star

This is a feather star swimming off the coast of Japan. Feather stars are crinoids or crinoidea, meaning "Lily-like" in Greek, and thrive in the Indian Ocean up to Japan, as well as in the Atlantic. From Wild Singapor...

Enoshima Aquarium: An octopus unscrews a jar from the inside

This octopus can get itself out of a closed jar... well, it can open the jar lid. It actually doesn't seem to want to get itself out of the jar. This video was filmed by the folks at Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, Ja...

A newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider

This newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider, Cebrennus rechenbergi or Moroccan flic-flac spider, is definitely something to see. From ScienceTake, watch it

Bionic Kangaroo

Festo HQ, the engineering team that brought us Aqua Penguins, Aqua Jellyfish, dragonfly-inspired BionicOpters, and a robot that flies like a bird can now add Bionic Kangaroo to their list of...

A two-legged Boxer on his first trip to the beach

Watch two-legged Boxer Duncan Lou Who on his first trip to the beach: Duncan was born with severely deformed rear legs that had to be removed. He has a wheel chair, but can’t stand to...

Slow Life: Incredible macro video of fluorescing corals and sponges

If you’ve seen how underwater time-lapse can show the secret life of a coral reef on this site, then you already know that brilliantly fluorescing corals and sponges have fascinating, uns...

Watching a woodlouse flip over

Spend a quiet two minutes watching a woodlouse (aka pill bug, roly poly, cheeselog, , slater, sow bug, roll up bug…) flip over from its back. Known for curling up into a protective ball, th...

The Mudskipper: An amazing amphibious fish

This amphibious fish is called a mudskipper and it uses its pectoral fins to walk on land, specifically mud. It also rolls, jumps, digs, excavates, socializes, fights for territory, and breathes...

Underwater time lapse can show the secret life of a coral reef

For the last five years, Dr. Pim Bongaerts of University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute has been documenting the lives of corals through time lapse photography. It all happens t...

Micromigrations: visualizing the flight paths of starlings

When this flight paths of starlings video by artist and professor Dennis Hlynsky went viral, it sparked a lot of questions for us: How did he make the visualizations? How do the starlings mov...

ScienceTake: Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion

An animal that can push with 40x their bodyweight, the hairy-tailed mole for example, is definitely something to better understand, and scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Brown...

A Nine Armed Sea Star flips itself over

If you happen to spot a Nine Armed Sea Star under the sand, perhaps it’s kindest to not disturb it. But you know, since this one has already been disturbed, watch how it flips itself over f...

Milena Sidorova‘s The Spider

Milena Sidorova's The Spider, a piece that she choreographed as a teenager because, she explains, “I used to be obsessed with spiders as a child.” In the archives: more ballet.

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