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Contracting Muscle Grown in Lab for the First TIme

Contracting Muscle Grown in Lab for the First TIme | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A team of engineers at Duke University has created the world's first human-made human muscle that can respond to stimuli. The muscle tissue can contract when exposed to electric and chemical stimuli.
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Biomimetic Nano-Machines Mimic Muscle Fibers

Biomimetic Nano-Machines Mimic Muscle Fibers | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

An assembly of thousands of nano-machines has produced a coordinated contraction movement - like that of muscle fibers, and it even extended to around ten micrometers, like the movements of muscular fibers.The work provides an experimental validation of a biomimetic approach that has been conceptualized for years in nanoscience and the researchers believe this broadens applications in robotics, information storage and obviously artificial muscles themselves.

 

Photo details: Skeletal muscle. GNU Free Documentation License, 2006, Department of Histology, Jagiellonian University Medical College. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skeletal_muscle_-_longitudinal_section.jpg

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Tiny Muscles Help Bats Fine-tune Flight

Tiny Muscles Help Bats Fine-tune Flight | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to control the stiffness and shape of their wings as they fly, according to a new study. The finding provides new insight about the aerodynamic fine-tuning of membrane wings, both natural and man-made.
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Creating Artificial Muscles More Powerful Than Anything In Nature

Creating Artificial Muscles More Powerful Than Anything In Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"By observing the inner workings of an octopus's leg or an elephant's trunk, scientists have created muscles from carbon nanotubes that could one day power machines."

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