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Synchronized dancing under light

Coupled liquid-crystalline network oscillators incorporating light-responsive molecules show synchronized motion when stimulated by light. This behaviour resembles that of synchronized clock pendulums and may find uses in advanced soft robotics applications.

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Fig. 1: Coupled LCN strips with synchronized light-induced oscillations.

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Yu, Y. Synchronized dancing under light. Nat. Mater. 20, 1594–1595 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-021-01159-0

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