Caption: Image shows the indoor enclosure where experiments were conducted with the elephant. During experiments, the elephant turns to face the force plate and video cameras, and protrudes its trunk through the enclosure.
A new study demonstrates the physics that elephants use to feed themselves the massive quantities of leaves, fruit and roots needed to sustain their multi-ton bodies.
A human can pick up multiple objects at once by squeezing them together with both hands and arms. An African elephant also picks up many items at once but with only one appendage—its soft, heavy trunk. How the elephant solves this challenge could provide inspiration for future robotics.
A wild African elephant eats rapidly,...