posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 01:01 PM
Well i have to say this is pretty impressive..!
New artificial muscles made from nanotech yarns and infused with paraffin wax can lift more than 100,000 times their own weight and generate 85
times more mechanical power than the same size natural muscle, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and their international
team from Australia, China, South Korea, Canada and Brazil.
The artificial muscles are yarns constructed from carbon nanotubes, which are seamless, hollow cylinders made from the same type of graphite
layers found in the core of ordinary pencils.
Individual nanotubes can be 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, yet pound-for-pound, 100 times stronger than steel.
Technology never ceases to amaze me.. Sometimes it seems to be developing at such a rate that it kinda scares me. But this is good.
And maybe at some point in the foreseeable future, these 'nano muscles' may even replace human muscles. For example people with MD, MS and ME can
have there damaged and/or wasted muscles replaced..
Also these new 'nano muscles' seem to be of use for many things...
“Because of their simplicity and high performance, these yarn muscles could be used for such diverse applications as robots, catheters for
minimally invasive surgery, micromotors, mixers for microfluidic circuits, tunable optical systems, microvalves, positioners and even toys,”
I think the guys and ladies who managed to make these 'nano muscles' should give themselves a well deserved pat on the back..! And maybe even a
drink or two