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  Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle
 
  The unusual property of the ultrastrong material could be harnessed for twisting or pulling motions.

The resilient fibers, the team discovered, respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity in the air, they suddenly contract and twist, exerting enough force to potentially be competitive with other materials being explored as actuators — devices that move to perform some activity such as controlling a valve.

For more, check out this MIT story.

 
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