X-Ray Run: The Secret of Movement

Scientists at the University of Jena are attempting to discover the secrets of movement using a high-speed X-ray machine. It is only in movement that the sophisticated interplay of bones, tendons and muscles that nature has perfected over the course of evolution is revealed.

The images produced are breathtaking and unusual: a cat jumps onto the laboratory table - the camera first shows it in super slow motion, and in the next instant we see through the coat and skin to the movement of each individual bone underneath. These spectacular images are the result of a research project that is unique in the world: using a high-speed X-ray machine, the zoologists, doctors and biomechanics around Professor Martin S. Fischer from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena are investigating the secrets of movement. The list of animals under whose skin the scientists have taken a look range from iguanas to birds to rats and even sloths - always with one major question in mind: how did the mechanics of movement develop from the first land animals 300 million years ago to the atrophied mobility of the modern office worker today?

Viewers will watch as the oldest land fossils in the world are woken into life, they will see futuristic climbing and running robots in use and be amazed by the elegant interplay of bones, muscles and tendons - made visible through high-speed x-rays in a way that has never been shown on television before.