The Independent 

Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, scientists in the US have developed an artificial muscle that can lift up to a thousand times its own weight. Report suggest the muscles could be used to provide extraordinary strength to robots, yet allowing them to operate with precision and dexterity. "Artificial muscles are flexible actuators with capabilities similar to, or even beyond, natural muscles. They have been widely used in many applications as alternatives to more traditional rigid electromagnetic motors," the scientists write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Here we propose an architecture for fluid-driven origami-inspired artificial muscles.

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