Muscle from Fishing Line?

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Ok science types, it is time to get into those labs, garages, or hacker spaces and play (I mean study/learn). The video below is a demonstration of how to make heat reactive muscle fibers from twisted fishing line.”The application opportunities for these polymer muscles are vast,” said Ray Baughman, a materials scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas who guided the research, in a prepared statement. In one of the team’s experiments, they used fishing line about 10 times the diameter of a human hair to make a muscle strong enough to lift 16 pounds. Could 10 of those fibers together lift a 160 pound student? Sounds like a science challenge or at the very least a great discussion spark for applied science.

 

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