Judgement Day is Coming: Scientists Develop Liquid Metal That Stretches Like T-1000 Terminator

Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 11:35AM
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Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 11:35AM
Judgement Day is Coming: Scientists Develop Liquid Metal That Stretches Like T-1000 Terminator
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Between DARPA's proposal for an AI that serves as a global threat watchdog and Boston Dynamics' creepy headless robots, the 21st century is really starting to look like a James Cameron-directed nightmare, and we don't mean Titanic. Keeping with the theme, a group of materials scientists have just published a paper detailing a liquid metal compound that can be stretched and moved in three dimensions with magnets. The American Chemical Society (ACS) reports that the substance – called a magnetic liquid metal droplet (MLMD) – is an alloy made of gallium, indium and tin infused with iron particles and submerged in hydrochloric acid. 


Movie fans aren't the only ones who recognize the potential for real-life Terminators. "With all the appealing properties," the scientists wrote, :this MLMD presents a fundamental and promising platform for the liquid metals to further develop the multi-freedom actuation in free space and eventually lead to the dynamically reconfigurable intelligent and biomimetic soft robots in the future."


Still not convinced? Check out this video from ACS.

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