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Terome
2013-09-13, 02:55 PM
Not as mad it sounded in 1984:

"a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing 'teeth' that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal's legs when it launches into a jump. "

http://phys.org/news/2013-09-functioning-mechanical-gears-nature.html

Denyer
2013-09-13, 09:47 PM
Mmm. Not mad, just straining towards the infinite end of infinite diversity in infinite combination...

Terome
2013-09-13, 11:52 PM
It's not that weird in the scheme of things, really - ATP synthase and flagella use protein assemblies like egg whisks. But now I can imagine that Transformers evolved from grasshoppers and have a good time whilst doing so.

inflatable dalek
2013-09-14, 12:31 AM
Ratchet will be waving that in Drift's face when they meet up again.

Red Dave Prime
2013-09-14, 01:26 AM
Ratchet will be waving that in Drift's face when they meet up again.

Oh-er Matron etc. etc.