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"This means that it looks as if the human-like heel-to-toe gait may have developed 3.5 million years ago because the TTA developed at this time. Moreover, this is also in line with the preserved footprints found in parts of Ethiopia from that epoch," says Marcelo Dias, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: M. Venkadesan, Yale University.

2020.02.29 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Previously overlooked part of the human foot is the key to its development and function

A new discovery has turned our entire perception of the function and evolution of the human foot upside-down. The discovery has recently been published in the scientific journal Nature.

Test material during trials where the two ends (left) are slowly pulled in each direction. Using Digital Image Correlation movements are measured optically. The vertical movement of the test piece is thus shown with colored contour lines. Photo: Simon Heide-Jørgensen.

2020.02.19 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

When less is more: Designer slits make glasslike materials much stronger

By making specially designed slits in Plexiglas, Danish researchers have made it stronger, lighter and more flexible. The new knowledge could be used to make microchips much more durable.