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Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle" 111

Posted by samzenpus
from the reeling-in-the-big-one dept.
brindafella writes "Researchers have made what they describe as an 'almost embarrassing' discovery, that twisted nylon fishing line can form a 'powerful, large-stroke, high-stress artificial muscle' capable of lifting as much as 100 times more weight than human muscles. They twisted the fishing line, then heated it to 'set' the shape-memory. The scientists are from the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong, and the University of Texas. The findings are published in Science magazine."
Books

+ - Carved book art by Brian Dettmer->

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An anonymous reader writes "Brian Dettmer's brilliant idea is to bring new life to old books by sealing and then cutting into them to create incredible three-dimensional works of art. These are particularly amazing considering that Dettmer does not add or move any of the content within the books, including old engineering handbooks, textbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. I wonder if an over-aggressive copyright owner would ever try to stop Dettmer from showing or selling these "derivative works"? Go here to see many examples of his awesome art work."
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