Carbon Nanotube Muscles 30 times Stronger than Natural Muscle

For the next installment of the Terminator franchise, Hollywood might skip the polymimetic liquid alloys — they’re so 2003 — and turn to the laboratory of Ray Baughman, who has created a next-generation muscle from carbon nanotubes.

Baughman and his colleagues have produced a formulation that’s stronger than steel, as light as air and more flexible than rubber — a truly 21st century muscle. It could be used to make artificial limbs, “smart” skins, shape-changing structures, ultra-strong robots and — in the immediate future — highly-efficient solar cells.

“We can generate about 30 times the force per unit area of natural muscle,” said Baughman, director of the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas.

via Carbon Nanotube Muscles Strong as Diamond, Flexible as Rubber | Wired Science from Wired.com.

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