Gallery: Photosensitive Film Turns Light into Kinetic Energy


Researchers at a Japanese company called RIKEN have discovered a way to turn light into kinetic energy through the use of molecules that change their structure when exposed to light. The molecules, when sandwiched and melted between sheets of Teflon literally coil when exposed to UV rays. It is the first time that researchers have been able to recreate a muscle-like movement in an artificial structure on a macroscopic scale.

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