Humble Mites Run 20 Times Faster than Cheetah

Humble Mites Run 20 Times Faster than Cheetah

When the talk of fastest animal on earth comes, your mind will strike the name of cheetah that can run at speed of 60 miles per hour. But, when comes in terms of speed based on body lengths per second, humble mite replaces the name of cheetah.

Samuel Rubin, a junior and physics major at Pitzer College, said that cheetah manages an impressive 116 body lengths per second at speed of 60 miles per hour whereas mite covers 322 body lengths per second. Rubin added that the research seems to be interesting as it will help understand the physics that how such animals manage to accomplish such high speeds.

Jonathan Wright, Ph.D., a Prof. of biology at Pomona College, said that stride frequency and speed relative to body size increase with decrease in size of animals. Wright said their team in endeavoring to find out whether there is an upper limit to the relative speed or stride frequency that can be achieved.

Interestingly, mites have the tendency to navigate surfaces at distance far away than most animals can see. Also, mites have been found running at the fastest speed of 1200 miles per hours i.e. 20 times faster than Cheetah.

"It's so cool to discover something that's faster than anything else, and just to imagine, as a human, going that fast compared to your body length is really amazing", said Rubin.


You May Have Missed...

GlaxoSmithKline seeking Approval for Malaria Vaccine
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:43

In order to save lives of many people from one of the world's deadliest diseases, regulators have been urged by Britain's biggest drug...


Nigeria Update

Ivory Coast Ranks best among African Nations in FIFA Rankings
Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:25

The latest FIFA world football rankings have ranked Ivory Coast at number 21, up by 3 ranks....


Economy Watch

Addition of 192,000 Jobs in U.S. Economy in March
Sun, 04/06/2014 - 17:24

Despite of slowdown in economic recovery in winters, the U.S. economy has added 192,000 jobs in...


Health Tonight

Fish Oil Might Reduce Neuro-damage, Dementia in Alcoholics
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 14:13

According to a latest study, Omega-3 fish oil may help in reducing the risk of loss of brain...


Science Tonight

New Vikings Stadium a Threat to Birds in America
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:48

Minnesota residents and football fans will have the most beautiful football stadium in the...


UK News

Mind Candy announces new PopJam mobile app for children
Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:11

A new, kids-centric mobile app - called PopJam - has recently been announced by Mind Candy, the...


Pharmaceuticals

First Generic Version of Celebrax Approved by FDA
Sat, 05/31/2014 - 03:12

The U.S. FDA has approved the generic version of painkiller Celebrex (celecoxib) capsules. The...


US News

PennDOT to start piloting 70-mph speed limit on two interstates next month
Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:33

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Transportation Secretary and Turnpike Commissioner Barry J....


Technology Tonight

Apple reports “record” results for 2014 April-June quarter
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:43

On Tuesday, Apple reported strong results for the 2014 April-June quarter; mainly due to the...