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

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]

One thought on “Swimming robots and flexing bones: My new story for the New York Times

  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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