Why women wear high heels (new study)

“Despite the widespread use of high-heeled footwear in both developing and modernized societies, we lack an understanding of this behavioral phenomenon at both proximate and distal levels of explanation.” Prompting the development a new (experimentally-tested) hypothesis by David M. G. Lewis, Eric M. Russell, Laith Al-Shawaf, Vivian Ta, Zeynep Senveli, William Ickes and David M. […]

Rod constraints for simplified ragdolls

Programmers sometimes love rag dolls. This study is the fruit of one such love: “Rod constraints for simplified ragdolls,” Chris Lewin, Matt Thorman, Tom Waterson, Chris Williams, and Phil Willis, Proceedings of the 12th ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation, pp. 79-84. ACM, 2013. The authors, at the University of Bath, UK, and Electronic Arts, […]

Kinematics of coitus in five pre-selected positions

Natalie Sidorkewicz carefully analyzed spine and hip motions of ten couples each having sex in five positions. Sidorkewicz wrote it up, as her master’s thesis : “Lumbar Spine and Hip Kinematics and Muscle Activation Patterns during Coitus: A comparison of common coital positions,” Natalie Sidorkewicz, Master of Science thesis in Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, 2013. The main objective […]