Origami has inpsired a new kind of microbot that can fold itself. It could be useful in fields like medical equipment and infrastructure sensing.
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"This opens the door to printing soft robotics that could swim like a jellyfish, jump like a cricket, or transport liquids like the heart."
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With a charge, researchers got microparticles to form via self-assembly into complex crystals that mimic gemstones like opals.
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A new algorithm could help scientists better understand how zebrafish get their stripes, as well as how other patterns in nature self-assemble.
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The "Cheerio effect," a phenomenon that causes small objects to cluster on the surface of a liquid, could help design small aquatic robots, researchers say.
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Researchers have taken inspiration from the Japanese paper art of kirigami to make robotic devices that fold themselves into new shapes with a bit of heat.
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Microscopic bottlebrush polymers that resemble their larger kitchen cousins could offer exquisite control over coatings, researchers say.
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A new method for 4D printing, which makes objects that can change shapes based on the environment, could be useful in electronics, smart fabrics, and more.
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"In a single day, on a regular computer, we were able to study more different kinds of particles than have been reported in the last decade."
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