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posted 03. January 2006 07:40
Source: NASA Astrobiology Magazine
Credit: Duke University
Evolution of Movement Design is Deterministic
Summary (Dec 31, 2005): A single unifying physics theory can essentially describe how animals of every ilk, from flying insects to fish, get around, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering and Pennsylvania State University have found. The team reports that all animals bear the same stamp of physics in their design^.
"The similarities among animals that are on the surface very different are no coincidence^," said Adrian Bejan, J. A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke's Pratt School. "In fact, animal locomotion is no different than other flows, animate and inanimate: they all develop in space and in time such that they optimize^ the flow of material." In the case of animal locomotion, this means that animals move such that they travel the greatest distance while expending the least amount of energy, he said.
Read the full article at NASA Astrobiology Magazine
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