Tripedal to the Metal
That’s some loco motion, huh? Found this neat little GIF showing how an ant’s legs move at a full gallop. While calmly strolling though the picnic grounds, ants have five of their six legs at a time in contact with the ground. But when it’s time to put the (tiny) pedal to the metal, they change their gait to this alternating tripod motion.
This pattern isn’t controlled by the insect’s brain, but rather by bundles of neurons in the leg called central pattern generators. While moving at such a clip, it just so happens that three legs is the minimum number it needs on the ground at a time to balance its rigid exoskeleton without toppling over.
Is that part of the reason that insects have six legs and not another number like four or eight? Or did the gait evolve to match the hardware? My guess is the latter, but I am not sure. What say you, insect folks?
(GIF via NC State University)
"You should kiss the ground you walk on if you were born in this country— take it from an old man who once had to wear the Star of David on his shirt. There’s a safety to living in such a diverse place. It’s much more difficult to brainwash a population that is composed of so many different nationalities and so many different viewpoints."
YES for diversity
This is funny because I’m currently writing a paper on Peter Singer’s “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” where he explicitly uses the example of “looking well-dressed” as morally unjustifiable. other than that the “conquer the world” part sounds about right.
wow ok so one of my old classmates recently got married… for real…
I know we’re all about 20 now but
I CAN’T BE THE ONLY ONE WHO STILL THINKS WE’RE INTERNALLY 17 YEARS OLD
context is everything
Creative Memo Blocks
by Ko. Machiyama
these are so wonderful except TOMATOES ARE FRUIT
As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”
See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here.
Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?