Last year, Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers announced he was quitting football because of the high risk of concussion and long-term brain damage, despite protective helmets. And he’s not alone: it’s a growing concern, particularly for teenaged athletes. But a new collar inspired by the humble woodpecker may…
Fans of woodpeckers and materials science will be thrilled to hear that MIT has just released a series of eight short-form videos explaining how woodpeckers can bang their heads against trees all day without suffering major brain trauma — or even getting so much as a headache.
How do woodpeckers repeatedly hammer their heads into tree trunks without suffering brain damage? Their skull superpowers are made possible by everything from their unique brains, to their hammering techniques. And a new study of these birds could help humans avoid head injuries, too.
Woodpeckers must be one of the most irritating birds around, so goodness knows why anyone would want to wake up to the sound of a woodpecker doing its thing. Taptaptap. Tap-tap-tap. I feel angry and tired just thinking about it.