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Ketchup is always shy when coming out of the bottle. In fact most people find it a rather infuriating task to get the right amount (or any) out at all. While most of us just give up in anger and defeat, Dave Smith and a team of engineers at MIT spent two months trying to solve this problem.

What resulted was a special, non-toxic coating dubbed LiquidGlide. Granted this may seem like such a small feat for such a small inconvenience.  But on a larger scale, in the large business of sauces, this little tweak in bottle production can prevent million of tons of food being thrown out.

But this inspiration from a ketchup bottle can also have various other applications that can prevent clogs in oil and gas lines, wind shields, anti- icing.

(via fastcoexist)

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Wen studies electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley, works as an IT, and participates in high-performance computation research. Along with consuming an absurd amount of television, movies, and books, she is infatuated with making the web her source of media as well as sharing them with anyone she can! Follow her on Twitter @copperncherrio

One Response

  1. Jason

    I’m sure sometime in the future FDA “scientists” will find this new Liquid Glide substance is poisonous or carcinogenic. Just like they did with BPH.