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How to imitate natural spring-loaded snapping movement without losing energy

How to imitate natural spring-loaded snapping movement without losing energy

Venus flytraps do it, trap-jaw ants do it, and now materials scientists at UMass Amherst can do it, too – they discovered a way of efficiently converting elastic energy in a spring to kinetic energy for high-acceleration, extreme velocity movements as nature does it. First author Xudong Liang and senior researcher Alfred Crosby have discovered at least one mechanism that works.

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