DALLAS (CBS Atlanta) – Scientists have developed a way to create artificial muscles using fishing line and thread, reports LiveScience.com.
The new material is super strong, fibers of the artificial muscles can lift 100 times the weight as human muscles, say researchers at University of Texas at Dallas.
Making the material is as easy as twisting together high strength polymer fishing line and sewing thread, usually with a power drill.
“The simplicity is the beauty of this technology,” said lead researcher Ray Baughman. “High-school students in their family room can make their own muscles and deploy them.”
When further twisted, the strands coil and can expand or contract with heat or cold, depending on whether they are wound clockwise or counterclockwise.
The polymer muscles can generate about 3 horsepower per pound, equivalent to a jet engine.
Baughman says the artificial muscles could be used to power humanoid robots, to automatically open or close windows to maintain the temperature inside a home or building, or even to make clothing that changes with the weather.
The study is published in the Journal Science.
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