Power at the Tip of the Tongue

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Science  09 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5668, pp. 217-219
DOI: 10.1126/science.1097894

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The chameleon captures insects by unleashing its long sticky tongue with astonishing acceleration and accuracy. In their Perspective, Müller and Kranenbarg reveal the chameleon's secret: a tongue designed like a catapult. Describing work published elsewhere, the Perspective authors discuss the unique features of the chameleon's tongue that enable it to accelerate at 500 m sec.