10 results found
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    Burst muscle performance predicts the speed, acceleration, and turning performance of Anna’s hummingbirds

    Paolo S Segre et al.
    Maneuverability is thought to be limited by either intrinsic constraints or physiological capacity, and automated tracking of flying hummingbirds reveals that muscle capacity explains much of the variation in their flight trajectories.
    1. Ecology

    Wind prevents cliff-breeding birds from accessing nests through loss of flight control

    Emily Shepard et al.
    Even moderate winds cause auks to abort landing attempts at nest-sites, and as a result, wind characteristics may affect where these, and other seabirds, choose to breed.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Energetic and physical limitations on the breaching performance of large whales

    Paolo S Segre et al.
    Muscle power-generating capabilities, and not energetic limitations, limit the breaching abilities of the largest whales.
    1. Neuroscience

    Tapered whiskers are required for active tactile sensation

    Samuel Andrew Hires et al.
    The tapered, conical shape of rodent whiskers is essential for sensor mobility in constrained spaces and feature extraction from textured surfaces.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Alcids ‘fly’ at efficient Strouhal numbers in both air and water but vary stroke velocity and angle

    Anthony B Lapsansky et al.
    Four species of seabird produce efficient propulsive wakes while flying in the air and while swimming underwater suggesting that selection has optimized these species for locomotion in remarkably different fluids.
    1. Neuroscience

    The roles of vision and antennal mechanoreception in hawkmoth flight control

    Ajinkya Dahake et al.
    Mechanosensors in the antennae of hawkmoths provide rapid sensory feedback for the control of fast flight manoeuvres, which acts in parallel to visual information.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Compound-V formations in shorebird flocks

    Aaron J Corcoran, Tyson L Hedrick
    Shorebird flocks fly in a formation that re-creates the neighbor positioning relationship of a V-formation in cluster flocks of more than 1000 birds.
    1. Ecology

    Mass enhances speed but diminishes turn capacity in terrestrial pursuit predators

    Rory P Wilson et al.
    Increased mass enhances speed but compromises turning capacity in pursuit predators; this has widespread ramifications for the best strategies for predators and prey during chases according to their relative masses.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Variability in locomotor dynamics reveals the critical role of feedback in task control

    Ismail Uyanik et al.
    Animals rely on sensory feedback rather than the precise tuning in the nervous system to achieve robust behavioral performances.
  1. February 2016

    Episode 27: February 2016

    In this episode we hear about midnight snacking, X-ray imaging of fossils, hummingbirds, monkeys gambling and axolotls regenerating.

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