This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature

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The small hopping insect Issus coleoptratus uses toothed gears (magnified above with an electron microscope) to precisely synchronize the kicks of its hind legs as it jumps forward. All images courtesy of Malcom Burrows To the best of our…

Susan Grigsby‘s insight:

So thinking ahead… if we can see this amazingly small gear apparatus on the hopping bugs, will we be able to use 3D printing technology to replicate these tiny things to use in tools for humans? What are the implications of new technologies that could emerge from these discoveries. What a great writing prompt or discussion start for students to get their creative brains in "gear." (pun intended)

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