In comparison to natural muscles, which contract by about 20 percent, these new synthetic muscles can contract by about 50 percent of their length.
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A recent discovery by an international team of researchers led by the University of Texas at Dallas has resulted in the development of inexpensive, powerful synthetic muscles using fishing line and sewing thread. Scientists at UT Dallas’s Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute teamed with scientists from universities in Australia, South Korea, Canada, Turkey and China to accomplish the advances.