Bringing the Text to Life
When David, the psalmist, wrote "For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall" (18:29, KJV), he could not have imagined what mechanical engineers and chemists are monkeying around with today at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
They have developed a synthetic material with properties that mimic human muscles unlike anything seen before. They believe that their innovative muscle material will be perfect for anti-gravitational suits, as well as for therapeutic and commercial devices.
The team has recently launched a company called Molecular Mechanisms to develop the technology. They expect to produce a variety of working prototypes that may even lay the foundation for a "superman suit" for the armed forces. Such a suit could enable soldiers to run, jump and lift to a nearly superhuman degree. "Imagine," says one scientist, "the psychological damage it would wreak on a foe if we had entire troops able to leap over 20-foot walls."
Just what David...