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Muscle machine: How water controls the speed of muscle contraction

U-M physicist Suraj Shankar, along with his research colleague, created a theoretical model of water’s role in muscle contraction and found that how fluid moves through a muscle fiber determines how quickly the muscle fiber can contract.

U-M study: Using ‘tweezers’ to control active fluids

U-M physicist Suraj Shankar and research colleagues have devised a way to manipulate active fluids, a type of fluid composed of individual units that can propel themselves independently, by taking advantage of topological defects in the fluids.

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