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Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed robotic muscles that are 1,000 times stronger than those of an average human. These muscles utilize the rare properties of vanadium dioxide, a compound that changes from an insulator to a conductive metal at 67 degrees Celsius. This transition process "yields an incredible amount of strength," says Dvice. Berkeley Labs reports that their robotic muscles are " to catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds - faster than the blink of an eye." Continue reading for a video and more information.

According to Dvice" "Not only do the folks at Berkeley Labs believe that their discovery will fuel the robo-limbs of the future, they also believe that their quick-reacting muscles could lead to a new line of energy-efficient electronics. The vanadium dioxide-fueled muscles have already proven themselves capable of expanding and contracting a million times over without breaking down, even when ramped up to a whopping 200,000 RPMs."


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