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The Praying Mantis Leaps

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.

And kids, if you don’t yet know who Michael Jordan is, here’s a quick video.

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