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Origami robotics: Here's how to fold your own 'metamaterial' at home
Origami robotics: Here's how to fold your own 'metamaterial' at home

Origami: It’s not just art anymore. Engineers are harnessing the Japanese art of paper-folding to build in smarter, more efficient ways. A team of researchers designed a self-folding robot that can assemble itself and crawl away in four minutes, described in the journal Science. But in the same issue, a second team shows how origami can be used to actually create materials with novel properties – and they show how you can create a ‘metamaterial’ of your own, right at home. The study led by Jesse Silverberg of Cornell University applied origami-like principles of folding not to machines, but to the very materials they’re built from. After all, once...

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