Questions tagged [bio-mechanics]

The study biological systems in regards to their ability to apply and respond to mechanical forces.

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Is there an instrument I could use to listen to the internal vibrations of an animal while running?

I seek to record the internal vibrations of fast moving mammals while running. Is there a type of recording digital stethoscope that can be placed on the collar of an animal to record these internal ...
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Human femur maximum strength

In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os98s9kBlOI it is demonstrated that a moose leg bone can support until nearly 10 tonne before break. Is there any similar demonstration on human femurs? ...
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For how long is the gene expression altered in tenocytes' nuclei following changes in mechanical load, and which genes are affected?

I read in {1}: The matrix is far more conspicuous than the cells. However, it is now widely recognised that the cellular elements hold the key to understanding development, repair and the ability ...
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Movement of the Thoracic Cage During Movements of the Thoracic Spine

Just for a bit of context: I am trying to create a 3D digital model of the human skeleton as the first step towards computer generated muscle simulation, and as such I want the skeleton to be as ...
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Do tarantulas and humans have the same mechanism for growing hair?

There's hair on my arms. Tarantulas also have hair on their arms. Is this the same type of hair?
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How does anaerobic burst-flight performance scale with mass?

Quails employ anaerobic burst flight to escape predators and the Quetzalcoatlus northropi have most likely used it during launch and climb out, then transition to soaring. Now, I have read these ...
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Etymology of eccentric/concentric contractions

I was wondering if anyone knew why the terms eccentric and concentric were chosen to refer to lengthening and shortening muscle contractions? The basic etymology of the words are to do with ...
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Highest bite force of a wolf?

Some sites say wolves can bite around 400 psi. But this site claims that when facing a peril they can deliver upto 1200 ?https://plexidors.com/myths-around-dog-bite-force/(skip to the 'How does that ...
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Why does resting potential not become continually more negative?

(Firstly, I know this is similar to other questions, but I have read those answers and they do not really cover this topic). My understanding of resting potential: action potential is not being ...
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Tensile strength of collagen?

Really specific question, but what is the average tensile strength of human collagen, type I? I've tried looking for it online, and either my google-fu skills are weak, or I'm just unlucky. Also, is ...
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about the muscle's tension's variables

I'm reading the paper "THE PROBLEM OF THE INTERRELATION OF CO-ORDINATION AND LOCALIZATION", which is written by N. Bernstein. The paper said "The degree of tension of a muscle is a function, in the ...
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Bite Force of Triceratops

Estimations (or measurements) of bite force is usually conducted for toothy predators like sharks, theropod dinosaurs and crocodiles. For example: Tyrannosaurus had a bite force of about 57 kN (about ...
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How are ants able to dig with such pointy limbs?

Digging is usually efficient with somewhat broader structures shovels, no one tries to shovel with an ice-pick. Given that ants have very pointy mandibles and thin wispy legs, how are they able to dig ...
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Reference for the bite force for Nile Crocodile

The (maximal) bite force of the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is estimated around 22,000 Newton (refer to YouTube interview with Ofer Kobi, a crocodile conservation ranger and croc farm owner, ...
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How are the helices of MscL gating “attached”?

I'm attempting to model the mechanosensitive channels of large conductance (MscL) in E. coli for finite element analysis purposes. I have a number of papers where this has been done, and one shows the ...
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What is the purpose of the viscous gel in the Pacinian corpuscle?

I have read that 'when the stimulus (in this case pressure) is constantly applied, the gel repositions itself to prevent the formation of an action potential'. I don't really understand what this ...
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How does fungi network transfer substances between plants?

How does fungi network transfer substances between plants? I recently read a short article about fungi network. And I am wondering about how fungi network works (Mechanism). Plants have fungi ...
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Are there biological ratchet cycles that are small in number?

I recently came across the strange factoid that all animals that can jump do so to roughly the same height (within an order of magnitude). The argument was that the work done by muscles in a single ...
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Strongest bone in body

AS internet tells is it is thigh bone which is strongest, but why, it carry only upper part of body, does not heel or any foot bones should be strongest in body as they carry full body weight ?
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Muscle involved in carrying load on head

I have seen people carrying heavy load on their head especially in 3rd world countries, does carrying on head any benefit or harm, which muscle get strengthen in doing it?
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Are trees still carrying their leaves more likely to be felled by an autumn storm?

Is there evidence that trees still carrying their leaves are more likely to be felled by an autumn storm than trees already having lost their leaves? At first sight this seems plausible (and might be ...
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What’s the term used to define a terrestrial being that moves by using six limbs?

I know that Bipedal locomotion would describe how beings like humans and ostriches get around. Quadrupedal locomotion describes how beings like dogs and cats move around. What about insects, ...
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How did the largest/longest dinosaurs hold their head and necks up?

After seeing the images in the articles shown below, I am having a tough time understanding the mechanics of how these incredibly long and heavy necks can be supported outstretched like this. A rigid ...
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Any simulations of four-winged dinosaur flight? (microraptors)

This week's podcast of the BBC's Science in Action includes a section by Rory Galloway (12:20 to 18:30) covering the Dinosaurs ...
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Curved membrane effect

Curved Membrane effect: Movements of the tympanic membrane are more at the periphery than at the centre where malleus is attached which provides some leverage. This is called as curved membrane ...
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Three foramen lying in one vertical plane

In the human skull we can see that 3 foramina named as supraorbital notch(foramen) , infraorbital foramen and mental foramen share a common vertical plane. Is there any surgical significance of for ...
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How is the Force of Contraction Applied to the Tendons by the Muscle's Individual Fibers?

Image and question have been updated for clarity! The image above is a side view of a semi-transparent skeletal muscle. The dark red lines represent individual fibers, the blue lines represent ...
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How pulmonary vasculature removes embolism?

This book says: Pulmonary vasculature removes emboli before they reach into systemic circulation. I can speculate that if the emboli are made of fat or clot then our body could degrade it but how ...
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Why metacarpus is considered hand proper?

This textbook states The hand (or manus) consists of the following parts: (a) wrist or carpus, (b) hand proper (or metacarpus), and (c) digits (thumb and fingers). How could I justify why are ...
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How can skeletal muscles in the human body be modeled as levers? [closed]

From what I understand, human arms can be thought of as third class levers, so that the distance from your elbow to the place where the muscle attaches is effectively the distance to the fulcrum, so ...
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Why do we have the tibia and fibula (a 2nd bone) in the lower leg?

Does fibula participate in rotational movement of ankle or not (just like the radius in forearm)? If not, what is the purpose of that bone?
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How does the brain alter/inhibit muscle reflexes?

I can find lots of information on how stretch-reflexes/reciprocal-inhibition/autogenic-inhibition work but from them all it's unclear how exactly the brain interfaces/controls/disables such automatic ...
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Mechanics of Peregrine Falcon Dive Pull Up

There are loads of information on how fast the Peregrine Falcon dives, but aside from having specialized lungs, eyes, etc... to survive the dive. What mechanics does it use to pull out of such a dive,...
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What is the acceleration profile of the greyhound?

I'm interested in the acceleration curve over time that's typical of an adult greyhound prior to attaining this peak velocity. My curiosity is motivated by a desire to understand the biomechanical ...
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What is the acceleration profile of a cheetah?

I'm interested in the time it takes for a cheetah to reach maximum velocity as well as the acceleration over time that's typical of a cheetah prior to attaining this peak velocity.
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How is a synapse held in place?

Here is a question I've never asked myself until now: All textbooks show synapses with a decently large synaptic cleft between the axon terminal and the dendrite. How is this connection held in place ...
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How fast is the patellar reflex?

I have found a lot of content on the patellar reflex, but I cannot find any studies on how fast the reflex is, from onset of stimulus to innervation of muscles. Does anyone know of either a study or ...
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How do disulphide bonds in hair cause curling?

I understand that there are several characteristics of curly hair which differ from straight hair (such as an asymmetrical distribution of disulphide bonds in curly hair), but really am struggling to ...
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Are there any predators without camouflage?

Are there any predators that don't use camouflage?
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How do proteins perform their function [closed]

I have asked a question on physics stackexchange, but was redirected here. I copy the entire question word for word. The original is here. Let's, for example, take a ribosome. It is an enzyme that is ...
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Can geckos climb a wet surface?

We know geckos can climb vertically or even upside down a surface like glass. But can they do that on wet glass?
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Which part of human body sustains most pressure when standing up straight?

Let's suppose a healthy fit barefoot young adult standing comfortably on a flat solid surface. A reasonable guess is somewhere around the foot. But is it the ankle, the heel, or the Metatarsus?
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Why do flagella form a bundle only when they rotate counterclockwise during chemotaxis?

During Chemotaxis in bacteria with flagella, the flagellar rotation dictates how the cell moves. If the flagella rotate counterclockwise, then they form a bundle at one end of the cell (---O) and ...
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How does trees know to balance themselves so that they never fall down [duplicate]

Well i was flying kites today I saw a tree and its branches were spread around in random directions... I would like to know that how do these trees know to nourish their branches in some direction so ...
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How do marine mammals control buoyancy?

Presumably, as a whale or seal dives, its lungs get compressed by the increasing water pressure, and it gets less buoyant. Under this model, for a given amount of air taken in at the surface, the ...
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How fast can a human run?

I'm a runner (cross country) and I'm always amazed at how fast Olympic sprinters are. There's a lot of hype about those in the 100-meter dash being the fastest in the world, and we're constantly ...
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force required to do damage to child's leg/feet in collision [closed]

I'm currently working on a toy robot for a student project. Part of this robot is the fact that it will be moving around quite fast. As such hitting the child can and most likely will happen. As such ...
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What are the buoyancy control mechanisms of Chambered nautilus?

I'm currently working on an underwater robot and was hoping to use the principle used by the nautilus for buoyancy control. So how do the Chambered nautilus control its buoyancy?
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Can jellyfish swim backwards?

Jellyfish use jet propulsion to move forward, according to http://earthsky.org/earth/how-do-jellyfish-swim. Otherwise, they drift with the ocean currents. Does this mean that, without the presence of ...