Saturday, August 18, 2012

Post-Bath Shakedown

A post-bath shakedown is inevitable after giving a dog a bath. It's the first thing Andy does when he gets out of the tub, which means I get wet, the wall gets drippy, and the floor gets soaked. Sigh. Turns out, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, different types of mammals shake at different speeds in an effort to expend the least amount of energy to get dry. "A large dog can shed 70% of the water in its fur in 4 seconds." I believe it!


Check out this article on nature.com for more information on this study. There are apparently "practical" implications for this research (so it's not just for our entertainment!) - "understanding how animals shake themselves dry could help scientists to develop ways to rapidly shed water from man-made equipment."

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