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Watch water droplets dance across a surface using electricity

Cool things happen when you control water with a computer.
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This MIT system allows a computer to move water droplets across a board.


Imagine drops of water sprinkled onto a pan’s Teflon surface. Those droplets will stay in place, or move around if you tilt the pan from side to side, thanks to gravity. But researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab have

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