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Foolish Scientists Have Just Created Shape-Shifting Metal

Most movies are works of fiction, but the plots are based on real-world ideas. Including, apparently, the nightmarish future put forth in Terminator 2. A team of researchers from North Carolina State University decided the world would be a better place with terrifying shape-shifting T-1000s, and so have developed a way to control and manipulate liquid metals. Maybe they didn’t watch the whole movie?


MIT Made A Smartphone Control A Computer With A Simple Touch

Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well, now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone as an extra interface for a computer, and it looks awesome.


This Sci-Fi Short Will Have You Rooting For A World-Destroying Menace

There’s a mysterious blue goo wreaking havoc on this blob-shaped society. It’s creating panic and terror. Nobody knows how to stop it. And by the end of It’s Payback Time, you’ll realise why that wholesale destruction is the happiest ending you could ever want.


Yep, That's A Jetpack For Runners

If you stop and think about it, it’s kind of unfair that some athletes get to compete using marvels of engineering like incredibly light and streamlined bikes and some don’t. Instead, we should be assigning every 100m dash runner this backpack jetpack developed by Arizona State University.


New Prosethics That Connect Right To The Bone Let Amputees 'Feel' Again

Despite the many exciting advance in prosthetics, the vast majority of people missing a leg are walking around with what is basically a peg leg, a stick attached to the residual limb. But there’s a new way, a more cyborg-like solution. Researchers in London have created a prosthetic leg that attaches directly to the bone.


Tripping Senior Citizens -- For Science

In a study that even Sum 41 could get behind, scientists at the University of Illinois in Chicago are tripping senior citizens over, and over, and over again — all to save lives.


New Crystal Clear Solar Cells Could Power Your Smartphone One Day

The idea of a completely transparent solar panel has always been a bit of a dream. Such revolutionary technology would mean that we could turn windows into power generators and build phones with self-charging screens. Well, guess what? That dream is becoming a reality.


This Clever Carpet 'Printer' Brushes Pictures Onto Your Rugs

You know that incredibly satisfying feeling of seeing a freshly vacuumed carpet with the fibres all perfectly upright and unmarred by footprints? Designer Yuta Sugiura has found a way to take advantage of that effect to print detailed images on a rug or carpeting using a handheld machine he developed and built.


This Sponge Could Help Fill Gaps Where Bone Can't Regrow Itself

Your bones are masterful self-healers, but certain injuries and defects can leave a gap too wide for new bone cells to fill in. Texas A&M’s Dr Melissa Grunlan and team have come up with a solution, a biodegradable polymer sponge that supports new bone cell growth, then disappears as it’s replaced by solid bone.


A Thousand Tiny Robots Swarming Into Shapes Like Intelligent Insects

Since the first crude automatons running on clockwork mechanisms, mankind has been working to build the perfect artificial copy of ourselves for centuries. But what’s a more accurate recreation of a human? A robot made of various components and wires all cobbled together? Or one made of billions of tiny robots all working together like the atoms that make up everything around us?


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