The beginnings of a real-life T-1000 ? Image Credit: YouTube / American Chemical Society
Scientists have developed a type of liquid metal that can be used to create robots that stretch and change shape.
The material, which was created by researchers at the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Biomedical Engineering and the Beijing Key Lab of Cryo-Biomedical Engineering, can be used to develop "dynamically reconfigurable intelligent and biomimetic soft robots in the future."
If that sounds familiar then it is because you've likely seen something like it before - the unstoppable T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day was also made from a type of shape-shifting liquid metal that enabled it to take various forms.
This new real-life equivalent, which can be manipulated using magnets, is made from iron particles suspended in an alloy of gallium, indium and tin alloy.
While there is obviously still a long way to go to turn this in to an autonomous shape-shifting killing machine - the development suggests that the T-1000 may not be quite as far-fetched as it seems.