The flea's mighty jump

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.

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  1. 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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