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Super Slippery Coatings

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Imagine a coating that makes surfaces so slippery that nothing can stick to it, not even water or oily film. Inspired by the Nepenthes carnivorous plant whose slippery surfaces cause insects to slip into its planty belly, scientists have mimicked the properties to create the Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface (SLIPS). Of course, they tout all sorts of useful functions like surfaces that never need to be cleaned again or ketchup bottles that can expel all of the condiment. But we all know where this substance is really going to end up ... pranksters will coat hallways with it and the sex industry will market all kinds of new products. Thanks science!



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