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PREMIUM: US researchers claim progress in self-propelled materials

26th February 2021 - 14:50 GMT | by Gerrard Cowan in Belfast

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Lessons from nature inform US Army-funded research into new ways of moving machines. If this research is taken further forward, it could result in vehicles that do not consume large quantities of fuel or require bulky motors.

US Army-funded research has developed materials that can move without the aid of motors or human hands, raising the prospect of autonomous systems that could exploit energy from their local environments.   

The research was led by a team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst), using funding ...

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