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New material has been created that…jumps like a grasshopper!

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The new synthetic material mimics nature in that it reacts somewhat like jumping grasshoppers because they have stored energy in their legs

Engineers in the US developed one new rubber material which can jump high in the air by himself like a grasshopper, without the slightest external intervention. One simply heats the material and then watches it do…high jump.

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The researchers, led by chemical and biological engineering professor Timothy White of the University of Colorado and Dr. Taylor Hebner of the University of Oregon, who published in the journal Science Advances, hope that at some point in the future such materials will be integrated in various soft robots, which will thus be able to make jumps in the air.

According to White, the new synthetic material mimics nature in that it reacts somewhat like jumping locusts because they have stored energy in their legs, which they suddenly release.

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The material belongs to the category of elastomeric liquid crystals, which are a solid version of liquid crystals in displays. When the film of the new material heats up, thus accumulating energy, it begins to fold, forming a cone that suddenly shakes within milliseconds to a height 200 times its thickness. The same film can then be jumped several times.

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