Natural fibers have many advantages: they are renewable, biodegradable and robust.
They are more energy-efficient to produce than glass or carbon fibers, are lighter and have better acoustics.
Researchers have now combined a special fiber treatment and a yarn technology: as a result, natural fibers can fully exploit their advantages and be used more widely.
Their disadvantage: they absorb water very easily. This impairs their mechanical properties.
Researchers have developed new techniques for robots or computer programs to learn how to perform tasks by interacting with a human instructor.
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