Recently I made a video for Berkeley News about a paper (published by Science Magazine) which examines the leaping skills of squirrels using high speed cameras.
The information gathered in this research could help built better robots that have more nimble control of their environment, and can do maneuvers such as search through the rubble of a collapsed building for survivors. The data collected could also help create a better understanding of movement problems associated with aging — also watching squirrels leap in slow mo like ninjas is damn cute.
The photos I helped light and capture of our furry friends were also used for the August cover of Science Magazine! If curious, you can find the issue here.