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Why Do Kangaroos Bounce?

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Why Do Kangaroos Bounce?

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Why Do Kangaroos Bounce?

Why Do Kangaroos Bounce?

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Biologists have never understood how a kangaroo, which is so big, can be so springy. The BBC reports scientists are using infrared motion-capture technology to find the answer.

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

Good morning. I'm Ari Shapiro.

If humans try to hop uphill, it's exhausting. For kangaroos it's a walk in the park. Biologists have never understood how an animal so big can be so springy. Now the BBC reports that scientists are using infrared motion-capture technology to find the answer. This technique has improved a golfer's swing and it has transformed an actor's movements into King Kong's movie performance. Now it may finally explain how the kangaroo got its bounce.

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