Discovery could lead to new designs for improved and more sustainable materials inspired by nature.
Its extendable appendage can meander through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.
New adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
Twisted fibers coated with living cells could assist healing of injured muscles and tendons.
Mechanical “training” produces strong, fatigue-resistant, yet soft hydrogels with possible uses in medicine.
Flying in shallow arcs helps birds stay aloft with less effort.
A bio-inspired gel material developed at MIT could help engineers control movements of soft robots.