Researchers Develop New Shape-Shifting Material

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 16:33

A team of researchers from Ohio State University has developed a new shift-shifting magnetic material which can be applied in various filed of sciences.

According to the Lantern report, a small magnetic rose sits in between two coils of copper wire in Ohio State’s Scott Laboratory. In the background, an electromagnet flips on and begins to beep. The rose’s gray petals start to slump open like the scales of a pinecone after it rains. Suddenly — the beeping stops.

Then, a high-pitched tone takes over the lab and the petals pull back upright. Another magnet turns on, and the rose whips around a few degrees clockwise.

As researchers said, the material will be used in biomedical devices, antennas, artificial muscles and robotics.


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