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Flexing Fingers for Micro-robotics: Berkeley Lab Scientists Create a Powerful, Microscale Actuator
December 17, 2012
Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can flex like a tiny beckoning finger. Based on an oxide material that expands and contracts dramatically in response to a small temperature variation, the actuators are smaller than the width of a human hair and are promising for microfluidics, drug delivery and artificial muscles.
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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