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March 16th, 2006
Methanol-powered artificial muscles start to flex
"One day you could find yourself sitting in a bar next to a humanoid robot, who is taking a shot of vodka to give himself the energy to go to work," jokes Ray Baughman, a nanotechnologist at the University of Texas at Dallas, US.
The team's second artificial muscle is made from sheets of carbon nanotubes, coated in a catalyst. It is not yet as powerful as the wire muscle, but could potentially overtake it, he says.
See also Fuel-driven nano-based muscles and UT Dallas nanotechnologists demonstrate artificial muscles powered by highly energetic fuels.
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