Biomechanics

Definition

Biomechanics is the scientific study of the mechanics of living structures, or of non-living structures such as silk or nacre that are produced by organisms.

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    The young discipline of sports science is finding ways to stretch the boundaries of human biology.

    • Tim Hornyak
    Nature 549, S1–S3
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    Across land, air and water, larger animals are generally faster, but only up to a certain point. A new study provides a unifying explanation for why this might be so.

    • Christofer J. Clemente
    •  & Peter J. Bishop
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    Hair-like sensors are suspected to aid fish navigation in complex environments. Laboratory experiments and computational simulations reveal how these sensors can detect water flow to direct the swimming responses of fish. See Letter p.445

    • John O. Dabiri
    Nature 547, 406–407
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    Mosquitoes flap their long, thin wings four times faster than similarly sized insects. Imaging and computational analysis of mosquito flight illuminates some aerodynamic mechanisms not seen before in animal flight. See Letter p.92

    • Laura A. Miller
    Nature 544, 40–41
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    Many organ surfaces are covered by a protective epithelial-cell layer. It emerges that such layers are maintained by cell stretching that triggers cell division mediated by the force-sensitive ion-channel protein Piezo1. See Letter p.118

    • Carl-Philipp Heisenberg
    Nature 543, 43–44