August 9, 2008 | David F. Coppedge

These Bugs Have the Right Stride

If there were an Olympic event for walking on water, the water strider would lead the pack.  Science Daily reported on work by European biologists that show the water bug has perfectly proportioned legs for being able to balance on the surface tension of water: “Long enough to provide maximum weight support but not long enough to bend and hinder the insect’s movement,” a mathematical model showed.  See also the 08/07/2003 and 11/04/2004 entries about water striders.

We’ll ignore the brief Darwinist nonsense thrown into the lead paragraph, since it appears to have nothing whatsoever to do with the scientific work:

The amazing water strider – known for its ability to walk on water – came within just a hair of sinking into evolutionary oblivion.

Actually, that was too funny not to award Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.  Evolutionary oblivion; what a suggestive term.  It has possibilities.

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