This week in science: high greenhouse gas levels are slated to be a “permanent reality;” one energy drink can have some nasty health impacts; Google, Facebook, Pharrell, and more give scientists the movie star treatment; how self-folding paper will change robotics, medicine, and the world.
This Self-Folding Paper Might Revolutionize Robotics, Medicine, And The World As We Know It
By weight, graphene paper is about 200 times stronger than steel. And, somehow, that’s not its most incredible characteristic. What has scientists excited now is the paper’s ability to fold itself with the application of heat. Although that ability might not sound all that useful–let alone incredible–at first, the researchers behind this discovery think otherwise.
According to Jiuke Mu, a Ph.D. student at Donghua University and one of the material’s inventors, graphene paper could be used for applications including wirelessly controlled micro robots, smart clothing that adapts to temperature changes, artificial muscles and devices for tissue engineering, as well as devices that are able to walk backward and forward on their own.
For more information on graphene paper’s mind-boggling uses and how it works, visit Live Science.