Melissa M. Tanner

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Recent studies suggest that fruit flies use subtle changes to their wing motion to actively generate forces during aerial maneuvers. In addition, it has been estimated that the passive rotational damping caused by the flapping wings of an insect is around two orders of magnitude greater than that for the body alone. At present, however, the relationships(More)
CONTEXT In patients with primary hypothyroidism, anecdotal evidence suggests that well-being is optimized by fine adjustment of T(4) dosage, aiming for a serum TSH concentration in the lower reference range. This has not been tested in a clinical trial. OBJECTIVE Our objective was to test whether adjustment of T(4) dosage aiming for a serum TSH(More)
BACKGROUND Blood samples collected in rural and remote areas of Australasia are often exposed to a range of environmental conditions prior to analysis in a laboratory. The aim of this study was to determine analyte stability of venous blood specimens in serum gel tubes exposed to a range of storage temperatures and times prior to centrifugation. METHODS(More)
Several potentially important science targets have been observed in extreme terrains (steep or vertical slopes, possibly covered in loose soil or granular media) on other planets. Robots which can access these extreme terrains will likely use tethers to provide climbing and stabilizing force. To prevent tether entanglement during descent and subsequent(More)
A key problem in rover exploration missions is that many of the scientifically interesting areas to investigate are extremely difficult to access given typical flat-topography rovers. The Axel rover was designed to rappel down steep cliffs using a tether held securely at the top. It is very important that this rover is capable of taking and analyzing(More)
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