A new type of artificial muscle capable of lifting items 1,000 times its own weight has been created by a team of international researchers.
Created from carbon nanotubes, the muscle was described as having the same flexibility of an elephant’s trunk or octopus limbs and can be rotated 250 degrees per mm of muscle length. The new artificial muscles are 1,000 times more powerful than the currently available versions composed from shape memory alloys, conducting organic polymers or ferroelectrics.
Associate professor John Madden, from the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said: "What's amazing is that these barely visible yarns composed of fibres 10,000 times thinner than a human hair can move and rapidly rotate objects two thousand times their own weight."
The nanotubes used within the artificial muscle are spun into helical yarns, allowing for right and left handed versions. The material was developed by the University of Texas, while Australia's University of Wollongong demonstrated the scale of twist the device is capable of.
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Fisher Scientific today confirmed the dates for their ‘Activate Science’ events planned across the UK and Ireland during September through to November 2011.
Activate Science is an interactive scientific laboratory event aimed at everyone involved within the laboratory environment who either specify, use or purchase products. World leading suppliers from the laboratory industry will be exhibiting and demonstrating some of the latest technologies available.
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Each event promises:
- Product exhibition giving the opportunity for visitors to discuss any requirements they have with Application Specialists
- A selection of technical seminars and presentations. Seminars will be both high and mid-range, to serve the needs of different technical levels
- Product demonstrations with an opportunity for visitors to gain firsthand experience
- Free entry and free refreshments
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