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Exquisite energetics of ultrafast organisms

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022 4pm to 5pm

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022 4pm to 5pm

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To generate ultrafast movements, organisms have evolved marvelous pathways to transform a small amount of energy into extraordinarily intense events which are among the most energetically dense events known to science. These energetics revolve around the compression of the duration of energy release. We will explore the realm of ultrafast organisms through the lens of energy flow – from structures and materials to the environment. In this rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field, organisms such as mantis shrimp, trap-jaw ants, and snapping shrimp are revealing the evolutionary and mechanical principles for re-usable, low energy mechanisms wielding exquisite energetics.

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