We used to consider the cheetah to be the fastest creature on Earth,
capable of three seconds to accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour. But,
as scientists argue, there are much faster living in the world
creatures such as birds, insects. True, the speed of many of
they are not straightforward, but rather – relative.
Suffice it to say that the tick of the species Paratarsotomus macrop can
second cover a distance greater than 300 of its own size.
The same cheetah with such opportunities should have developed
speed of more than 3000 kilometers per hour.
But which creature is still the fastest from the scientific point of view?
We will not name the previous record holders, because
recently American scientists of Georgia Institute of Technology
discovered a new winner in setting the speed of movement,
and it turned out to be … a worm.
This is a single-cell freshwater creature named Spirostomum.
ambiguum, has a length of only 4 millimeters. However, this baby
able to accelerate to 200 meters per second and reach speed
almost 750 kilometers per hour. This fantastic moves
worm with cilia, but mainly due to
contractions of your body. Imagine that he is capable of
milliseconds shrink to 60 percent, and then
straightening out with the same incredible speed, demonstrate
the greatest speed of movement of a living creature on Earth.
Scientists can not yet understand not only the mechanism
reduction-displacement, but also in what way the Spirostomum ambiguum
at the same time, it is possible to keep your insides safe and sound –
fiction and only!
Currently a group of specialists studying Spirostomum
ambiguum, received a four-year grant from the National Scientific
US Fund in order to find out all these puzzles. So generous
financial influence is not accidental: the data obtained can serve
A good basis for creating robots fundamentally different from
modern designs, that is, the “smart technology” of the new generation,
which, as assistant professor Saad Bhamla said, will
able to effectively use “molecular springs”.