Swimming robots and flexing bones: My new story for the New York Times

By Carl Zimmer | May 17, 2011 12:38 am

Biomechanics is the science of flesh and bone–how birds fly, sharks swim, muscles twitch, and tendons spring. In January, I went to a fascinating session at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology where biomechanics experts talked about how they’ve been trying to turn their insights about biomechanics into commercial products. One of the most surprising examples came from Charles Pell, a North Carolina inventor, who explained how surgical tools could be much improved by taking biomechanics into account. I later paid Pell a visit at the offices of his company, Physcient, to find out more about their first creation: a rib spreader that promises to spread ribs without breaking them. The result was an article which appears in today’s New York Times. Check it out.

[Image: Gray’s Anatomy]

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Life In Motion, Writing Elsewhere

Comments (1)

  1. Carl,

    Thanks for the great article in the Times! (The phone started ringing this morning and is still going strong.) It’s great to see the public interest in biomechanics and science in general. I’ve always said that if we’re not careful, people will learn how fun science is – then *everyone* will want to do it. Well, thanks to you, the secrets’s out! Kudos.

    Judging from my email inbox, you’ve a big following.

    – Chuck Pell


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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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