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SEB Brighton 2016 session report: Short range visual guidance in birds
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

While considerable attention has been devoted over the years to the study of long-range navigation in birds, there has been relatively little research on the short-range visual guidance of avian flight.

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SEB Brighton 2016 session report: Moving to feeding
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Recent studies of locomotor biomechanics have demonstrated the usefulness of detailing both the physical task of organismal performance and the physiological “currency” (force, power, work) of the underlying movements. Via this approach, researchers have clarified physiological constraints on musculoskeletal performance, but also how muscles sometimes circumvent those constraints.

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SEB Brighton 2016 session report: General Biomechanics
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

The 1.5 days session of ‘General Biomechanics’ in Brighton, with 60 contributions (29 oral presentations and 31 posters) was definitely successful again. As usual, these contributions covered a wide diversity of topics (biomaterials, terrestrial locomotion, flight and swimming, adhesion, feeding mechanics, muscle mechanics, scaling...) presented by young, as well as more experienced and senior researchers.

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Cracking the egg
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

In July 2016, Brighton played host to an invasion of eggheads. Held on the eve of the annual SEB Conference, the “Cracking the Egg” satellite meeting welcomed egg experts from around the world to gather and share their passion for one of nature’s most delectable phenomena. Organised by egg enthusiasts, Dr Steve Portugal (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Prof Mark Hauber (Cornell University), the aim of the meeting was to “bring together researchers from different scientific fields to talk about all things ‘egg’”. Here are some of the highlights of the day.