Data in action: the cheetah catches its prey with amazing cornering, not brute speed

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A cheetah’s hunting success depends less on its top speed than how quickly it decelerates, according to research that used data-capturing sensors to unprecedented extent in the wild.
The study is covered in Nature magazine, and was brought to my attention by The Conversation, the newspaper by academics that outflanks general interest newspapers’ specialist reporters.
As I have been blogging recently, in my previous post and others, the data that proliferating sensors can provide is transforming our knowledge about the world at astonishing speeds. An acceleration of almost cheetah-like power.

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