MIT researchers work toward developing shape-shifting "smart sand"

04/3/2012 | Mashable

Researchers at MIT are working to develop high-tech sand that would be able to copy shapes and morph into an exact copy of any object it touches. To develop their "smart sand" concept, the scientists have been conducting experiments on dice-sized, magnetized cubes that can communicate basic information about objects they come in contact with -- in the hopes that the same methodology may one day be scaled down so that each cube would represent a single grain of sand.

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