Working insect "gears" discovered in a leap for science

09/13/2013 | National Public Radio · Christian Science Monitor, The

A planthopper nymph may resolve a debate over future tiny gears to be made with 3D printing. Research in the U.K. by post-doc Gregory Sutton at the University of Bristol and zoologist Malcom Burrows of Cambridge University reveals for the first time the occurrence of working meshed gears in nature, with "gear" teeth that are more hook-like that anything heretofore conceived. In the planthopper, the gears allow precise synchronicity between legs for the insects' powerful leaps.

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