The flea's mighty jump

By Carl Zimmer | February 10, 2011 1:09 am

If you could jump like a flea, you’d be traveling 3,000 miles an hour within a thousandth of a second. You can’t do it, so how do they manage? That’s the 350-year-old question I consider in an article in The New York Times. Check it out.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Life In Motion, Writing Elsewhere

Comments (1)

  1. Mike Haubrich

    It is amazing, but I think it is important to mention the inverse-square law which means that the correlation between how quickly and how far a flea can jump with human ability is not a true picture of a flea’s feet feats.

    I am sure that engineers will adjust their expectations accordingly when designing robots to mimic insect jumps.

    [CZ: Agreed–I may have given the wrong impression with the human scale-up.]

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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