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Terminator draws closer with shape-shifting liquid metal motor

Using gallium, a metal with a very low melting point, researchers have developed a self-powered, shape-shifting liquid metal motor.<p>There are some concepts from sci-fi that really should never, ever see the light of day. The T-1000 -- the murderous robot made of shifting liquid metal -- is arguably …

Project Morpheus is almost ready — it just needs games

The VR hardware is close, but the software is a bigger challenge<p>The consumer version of Project Morpheus — Sony's foray into the world of virtual reality — is slated to launch in the first half of next year. But the device itself is basically ready right now. "On the hardware side," says Shuhei …

Xbox games are coming to Microsoft's augmented reality headset

If you watched Microsoft's announcement of its Hololens augmented reality headset and wondered if you'd play Xbox games with it, well, wonder no longer. Today at its Game Developers Conference presentation, Redmond announced that games would be en route to the device and that the SDK should be …

Augmented Reality

Huge Floating Solar Array Is Coming to Australia

In Jamestown, Australia, the water treatment plant will be powered by the sun<p>An Australian water treatment plant will power itself by floating solar panels in its lagoon. Opening in Jamestown in April, the array is expected to power the entire facility and return some of the additional energy to …

Clean Energy

Splash Drone shrugs off water and launches rescue flares

When drone meets water, the videos can be amazing -- except that most drones hate water and can't even be flown in the rain. However, there's a new product on Kickstarter called the Splash Drone that isn't deterred by a little H20. The drone itself is waterproof, as are the circuits, wires and GPS, …

Drones

This is the Drone Helicopter NASA Scientists Want to Send to Mars

If it's ready in time, the autonomous Mars Helicopter could fly to the Red Planet along with the new rover set for 2020.<p><b>The Mars Helicopter</b> is the latest in a line of ambitious, low-cost craft meant to revolutionize planetary exploration by taking to the air. A team at NASA's Jet Propulsion …

New 5-Mile-Around Hyperloop Test Track Will Cost $100 Million

Going nowhere fast<p>Two years ago, Elon Musk had an idea. What if, instead of traveling by road, rail, air, or boat, we all travelled in giant tubes that could move pods of people at up to 800 miles per hour? He called the idea the Hyperloop and released his idea to the world hoping that someone else …