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By A.J. Roan
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Rise of the liquid gallium smart robots

China researchers develop programmable shapeshifting metal Metal Tech News – November 24, 2021


Last updated 7/12/2022 at 1:19pm

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Gallium, which has melting point of 85.6 degrees Fahrenheit, is being used to create shapeshifting soft robots.

Skynet's liquid metal T-1000 robot seemed fantastical when the Terminator 2: Judgement Day movie was released in 1991. Fast forward 30 years, however, and researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created early renditions of shapeshifting soft robots made of liquid gallium infused with magnetic neodymium-iron-boron microparticles.

The "robot" is made up of magnetic pixels – particle...

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