If you think the T-1000 robot in Terminator 2: Day of the Court is moving the form is a nightmare, your nightmares will eventually become reality.
Researchers have created a "Terminator-like" liquid metal that has the ability to stretch horizontally and vertically, as well as changing shapes, according to a new study.
The study, published by Applied Materials & Interfaces, highlights how many liquid metals such as gallium when mixed with nickel or iron can actually be manipulated in different shapes using magnets.
Description SKYNET AND REAL ESTATE? As well as a vertically stretched MLMD (magnetic liquid metal droplet) can move horizontally with half of its body in the solution and the other half in the air , which resembles the nature of the upright soles of the amphibian, "the researchers wrote in the study summary
This is not the first time researchers have created a folding metal. In previous experiments certain metals that are liquid at room temperature, including the above-mentioned gallium and other alloys, can be stretched only horizontally due to the high surface tensions. They also need to be immersed in water to avoid paste formation
But researchers, including lead author Liang Hu, added iron and nickel to the solution, as well as the tin-alloyed tin alloy  From there, they were able to "stretch the drop to almost four times longer than their rest," as well as manipulate it with the help of magnets.
Researchers have also said that the molten metal shows conduction, and by connecting two electrodes it can light an LED bulb.
While a shape-change robot, like the T-1000, will not happen soon, researchers have highlighted the potential for future applications, including robots.
"MLMD is a fundamental and promising platform for liquid metals to further develop multi-free triggering in the free space, and ultimately leads to dynamically reconfigurable intelligent and biomimetic soft robots in the future,"
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