Neuromechanics of flamingos’ amazing feats of balance

December 31, 1969 |

A new Georgia Tech study on why and how flamingos can stand on one leg for hours on end is already getting a lot of A-list science media attention. In this post for The Conversation website - "academic rigor, journalistic flair" - the study's co-authors, School of Biological Sciences professor Young-Hui Chang and Walter H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering professor Lena Ting, explain why they wanted to study this question, and how "gravity plus anatomy" combine to make the flamingo a marvel of biomechanics.