Gap Fill - Robotic Muscles - Level 5


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Scientists from two universities have pioneered a new of creating muscles. The scientists dubbed their a "soft robot". It is a 2.6- "muscle" that looks like a small bag with water-filled compartments. It is supported by an -inspired structural framework that gives it great . This means the muscle can lift something 1,000 times its own . This weight-to-strength ratio is the same as a baby lifting a large 4WD car. This ground-breaking discovery could benefit many areas of science, medicine, and engineering.

The are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. They work in the of soft robotics. Their soft robot muscle can be made in 10 minutes and costs than a dollar. Professor Robert Wood hopes to create "softer" robots that are to humans. He said: "Humans are soft and brittle compared to the big robots that you might find on an assembly . The next step is to take this system and develop it into a fully robot." The robots could be like the human hand - strong enough to grip an , while being soft and gentle.

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