Short Takes

November 2013 Issue

58 MPH Sounds Fast, but Grip and Maneuverability Play Key Roles

Cheetahs, our domestic cats’ big cousins, seem to fascinate scientists. Maybe it’s because they’re the fastest land animal, and measuring their speed presents a challenge. Researchers have clocked cheetahs running after a lure and observed films of them chasing prey in the wild.

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