The tiny pygmy mole cricket, native to South Africa, has been revealed to be a spring-loaded, water-leaping wonder bug, capable of jumping many times its body length off the surface of water. The discovery was made by Cambridge University zoology professor Malcom Burrows who, with engineer colleague, Dr Gregory Sutton, filmed the amazing creature in action.
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AFP (June 15, 2015) A Maasai cricket team played a match in a wildlife conservancy in central Kenya to raise awareness about the plight of rhinos following a massive upsurge in poaching in recent years.
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July 1, 2015 An experiment originally designed to test the visual abilities of octopuses and cuttlefish has given researchers an unprecedented insight into the human ability to perceive ... read more
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Dec. 3, 2012 Pygmy mole crickets are known to be prodigious jumpers on land. Now, researchers have found that the tiny insects have found an ingenious method to jump from the water, too. Their secret is a series ... read more
July 26, 2012 The first bio-inspired microrobot capable of not just walking on water like the water strider -- but continuously jumping up and down like a real water strider -- now is a reality. Scientists have ... read more
Dec. 6, 2011 The tiny hairs on the abdomen of a cricket have inspired researchers to make a new type of sensor which is ultra sensitive to air flows. These synthetic cricket hairs can now also be tuned very ... read more
Feb. 10, 2011 New research sheds light on how fleas jump, reaching speeds as fast as 1.9 meters per second. Using high-speed recording equipment and sophisticated mathematical models, scientists were able to ... read more