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Crystalline ‘artificial muscle’ makes paper doll do sit-ups

July 18, 2019

Scary movies about dolls that can move, like Anabelle and Chucky, are popular at theaters this summer. Meanwhile,…
Toolkit allows broad audience to make artificial muscles

July 16, 2019

Every advancement in the field of soft robotics brings researchers one step closer to developing wearable, surgical and…
Artificial “muscles” achieve powerful pulling force

July 15, 2019

As a cucumber plant grows, it sprouts tightly coiled tendrils that seek out supports in order to pull…
The artificial muscle consists of polymer material, into which the researchers have integrated enzymes. A solution of glucose and oxygen in water powers the polymer actuator, in a similar way as biological muscles. Image credit: Thor Balkhed, Linköping University
Artificial muscles powered by glucose

June 22, 2019

Artificial muscles made from polymers can now be powered by energy from glucose and oxygen, just like biological…
A polymer (left; beige material) contracts in blue light (right). Photo credit: Jonathan Barnes / ACS
Muscle-like material expands and contracts in response to light

April 5, 2019

Just as controlled-release medications slowly dole out their cargo after they experience a pH change in the body,…
Scientists grow artificial muscles to model muscular dystrophies

May 11, 2018

Personalized therapies are the future, but they do pose a challenge. If every therapy will be different, how…
Researchers combine metalens with an artificial muscle

March 2, 2018

Inspired by the human eye, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have…
New molecular muscle responds to visible light

January 29, 2018

Picture a tiny, makeshift muscle that can curl a 20 milligram suspended weight when exposed to light. Under…
Nylon fibers made to flex like muscles

November 24, 2016

Artificial muscles — materials that contract and expand somewhat like muscle fibers do — can have many applications,…
Soft robots that mimic human muscles

October 12, 2016

An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may…
Artificial muscle for soft robotics: low voltage, high hopes

July 28, 2016

Soft robots do a lot of things well but they’re not exactly known for their speed. The artificial…
Turnable, twistable robots

June 16, 2016

Forget steel and aluminum. The robots of tomorrow may be able to squish, stretch and squeeze. Novel robotic…
Self-healing Polymer Could Lead to Artificial Muscle

April 21, 2016

If there’s such a thing as an experiment that goes too well, a recent effort in the lab…
Researchers Develop Completely New Kind of Polymer

January 30, 2016

Imagine a polymer with removable parts that can deliver something to the environment and then be chemically regenerated…
Scientists create hydrogel that changes shape like an artificial muscle

August 12, 2015

Hydrogels are very curious objects for scientists these days. They have properties that science is trying to put…
Silicone is for artificial muscles too

May 7, 2015

It is in our textiles, our soap, our toys, and hundreds of other products. It is all around…
Scientists Make Functional Muscle Tissue from Gold Plated Onion Skins

May 6, 2015

On 5 May 2015, researchers from the National Taiwan University have unveiled a new artificial muscle design, made…
Novel plastic could spur new green energy applications, ‘artificial muscles’

March 31, 2015

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or…
First contracting human muscle grown in laboratory

January 14, 2015

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native…
Artificial muscle capable of ‘remembering’ movements developed

November 16, 2014

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed artificial muscles which can learn and recall specific movements, the…
Artificial muscles that do the twist

February 27, 2014

Researchers develop a bio-inspired actuated material that mimics the complex motion of the heart muscle and could lead…
Researchers create powerful muscles from fishing line and sewing thread

February 21, 2014

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created artificial muscles by twisting and coiling ordinary fishing…
Bio-Inspired Robotic Device Could Aid Ankle-Foot Rehabilitation, CMU Researcher Says

January 22, 2014

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in…
Berkeley Lab Researchers Make a Powerful New Microscale Torsional Muscle/Motor from Vanadium Dioxide

December 20, 2013

Vanadium dioxide is poised to join the pantheon of superstars in the materials world. Already prized for its…
Free-standing 3D skeletal muscle constructs created in the lab

September 26, 2013

Industrial robots can do incredible things, but their control systems are still incredibly complex. They rely largely on…
Transparent artificial muscle plays music

August 30, 2013

In a materials science laboratory at Harvard, a transparent disk connected to a laptop fills the room with…
Artificial muscle computer performs as a universal Turing machine

March 28, 2013

In 1936, Alan Turing showed that all computers are simply manifestations of an underlying logical architecture, no matter…
Power to you: carbon nanotube muscles are going strong

November 16, 2012

Just on a year ago Geoff Spinks from Intelligent Polymer Research Institute at University of Wollongong with his colleagues announced…
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