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MITís Freaky Non-Stick Coating Keeps Ketchup Flowing
Fast Coexist ^ | 5/22/2012 | Austin Carr

Posted on 05/24/2012 8:58:13 AM PDT by bkopto

When it comes to those last globs of ketchup inevitably stuck to every bottle of Heinz, most people either violently shake the container in hopes of eking out another drop or two, or perform the "secret" trick: smacking the "57" logo on the bottle’s neck. But not MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith. He and a team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists at the Varanasi Research Group have been held up in an MIT lab for the last two months addressing this common dining problem.

The result? LiquiGlide, a "super slippery" coating made up of nontoxic materials that can be applied to all sorts of food packaging--though ketchup and mayonnaise bottles might just be the substance’s first targets. Condiments may sound like a narrow focus for a group of MIT engineers, but not when you consider the impact it could have on food waste and the packaging industry. "It’s funny: Everyone is always like, 'Why bottles? What’s the big deal?' But then you tell them the market for bottles--just the sauces alone is a $17 billion market," Smith says. "And if all those bottles had our coating, we estimate that we could save about one million tons of food from being thrown out every year."

Check out what happens when you pour ketchup out of a LiquiGlide-coated bottle:

(Excerpt) Read more at fastcoexist.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: catsup; heinz; ketchup; slick; slide; slip; slippery

1 posted on 05/24/2012 8:58:22 AM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto

And later they will find out that it causes cancer!


2 posted on 05/24/2012 8:59:53 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: bkopto

It even works with mayonaisse! Hallelujah! Nobel Prize!


3 posted on 05/24/2012 9:01:11 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: bkopto
I haven't bought a Heinz product since Kerry made and ass of himself running for President...(not that it takes that to make him an ass).

We have switched to "Hunts" ketchup, and it tastes much better, more like tomatoes...AND, it's much cheaper.

I think a lot of people must have done this, too, as when I first bought Hunt's, it was available in the small bottles only, but since they have come out with new packaging, with the large (upside down) bottles and other improvements. Maybe sales picked up for them, thanks to John and TereZa.
4 posted on 05/24/2012 9:01:57 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: bkopto

why would a company pay money for a product that would cause consumers to buy their product less frequently?
that’s a wrench in the whole “crashing by design” works.


5 posted on 05/24/2012 9:09:28 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: bkopto

Interesting, I wonder if there would be any practical benefit to applying this to the hulls of boats / ships.


6 posted on 05/24/2012 9:10:24 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: bkopto

Add tablespoon of water....shake violently. Problem solved now pay me


7 posted on 05/24/2012 9:12:12 AM PDT by wally-balls
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To: bkopto

LiquiGlide, a “super slippery”

No one has mentioned... ?


8 posted on 05/24/2012 9:12:15 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: bkopto

I just stand the ketchup bottle on its head and all the ketchup drops down to where it can be squeezed out. They don’t teach gravity at MIT?


9 posted on 05/24/2012 9:13:18 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: bkopto

Add tablespoon of water....shake violently. Problem solved now pay me


10 posted on 05/24/2012 9:13:54 AM PDT by wally-balls
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To: FrankR
I haven't bought a Heinz product since Kerry made and ass of himself running for President.

Same here, we also switched to Hunt's and it does indeed taste better.

11 posted on 05/24/2012 9:14:10 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Obama versus Romney? Cyanide versus arsenic.)
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To: blueunicorn6

Dear MIT; I am applying to become a perfess...profiss....instructor at your skool. Do you have ketchup for the fries at the faculty buffet, or are you trying to figure out how to get that last glop out? I can help. My salary range is two bits - a gazillion dollars. Love and kisses! blueunicorn6


12 posted on 05/24/2012 9:17:21 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: US Navy Vet

Teflon for food? Yum... /s


13 posted on 05/24/2012 9:17:48 AM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: bkopto

Think how it could revolutionize sports.

Apply it to the outside of football and rugby uniforms, for example.

Still waiting for the flubber shoes.


14 posted on 05/24/2012 9:20:46 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: bkopto

Lard?


15 posted on 05/24/2012 9:27:38 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: bkopto

If you ingest this stuff, do you end up with a slippery colon? Make sure that these MIT guys are not also buying stock in the Depends manufacturer...


16 posted on 05/24/2012 9:29:55 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: US Navy Vet

Haha, exactly! Just add some water, shake, and it all rolls out.


17 posted on 05/24/2012 9:32:00 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: bkopto
up next from MIT:
18 posted on 05/24/2012 9:34:52 AM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: jonno

[ If you ingest this stuff, do you end up with a slippery colon? Make sure that these MIT guys are not also buying stock in the Depends manufacturer... ]

Could be sold as a diet aid...

Just like the Aperture Science Repulsion Gel...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b5xLQelDxE

Don’t know what element it is made out of, but it is a lively one..


19 posted on 05/24/2012 9:47:08 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: bkopto
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, while these brilliant MIT geeks are making such critical, important discoveries, this 15 year old high school freshman discovers a simple, inexpensive way (costs 3 cents) to test for early detection of pancreatic cancer........

Remember the name – Jack Andraka

20 posted on 05/24/2012 9:53:08 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: wally-balls

Why would we pay you when you already gave it away.


21 posted on 05/24/2012 10:00:49 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: listenhillary
No one has mentioned... ?

No need, we all thought it...

22 posted on 05/24/2012 10:04:33 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1220 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: taxcontrol

Already happening...expensive stuff, but several on the market based on several nanotechnologies and chemistries...


23 posted on 05/24/2012 10:08:17 AM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: FrankR
We have switched to "Hunts" ketchup

Hunt's also doesn't have High Fructose Corn Syrup in it.

Am I one of those "nothing but organic" food Nazis? Nope. But our church group had a speaker on it....I came away amazed at how many things have HFCS listed as a primary ingredient.

Not just soda, and cookies, and maple syrup, and other sweet things that you'd expect. Ketchup? (not Hunts) Most Breads? Peanut Butter? (not Peter Pan)

It was a surprise, at least to me. So, now I keep a closer eye on ingredients, especially on things that my kids eat a lot of (ketchup. PB sandwiches. and so on....)

24 posted on 05/24/2012 10:11:08 AM PDT by wbill
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To: bkopto

Imagine the crazy things Bill Clinton will do with this stuff.


25 posted on 05/24/2012 10:28:48 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: SparkyBass

You underestimate marketing. Condiment company X introduces new versions of LiquiGuide bottles but reduces the amount so instead of say a 750 ml bottle the LiquiGuide bottle is 700 ml but with plenty of flash packaging to let you know you will get all of that 700 ml and nothing will be left stuck in the bottle. You also raise the price slightly to cover said marketing and added production costs.


26 posted on 05/24/2012 10:30:17 AM PDT by xp38
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To: null and void; listenhillary

I swear this is from the first sentence of the article:

“an amazing new condiment lubricant...”


27 posted on 05/24/2012 10:39:50 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: SparkyBass
why would a company pay money for a product that would cause consumers to buy their product less frequently?

Companies spend billions on top of billions each year letting everybody know that they are 'green' and care.

28 posted on 05/24/2012 10:46:49 AM PDT by houeto (FReepathon 2Q! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bkopto

That would be a neat bottle to reuse for other stuff too, like left over gravy for one.


29 posted on 05/24/2012 10:49:45 AM PDT by houeto (FReepathon 2Q! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: taxcontrol

Or applying it to gun barrels and slides to make them function better. How about the outside of my truck so I don’t have to wash it. The possiblities are endless.


30 posted on 05/24/2012 10:50:00 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: bkopto

Pending FDA approval In 2050.


31 posted on 05/24/2012 10:50:57 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: bkopto
Coat the inside of funnels with it.

Man, where do I go to be an investor on this stuff?!?

32 posted on 05/24/2012 10:54:42 AM PDT by houeto (FReepathon 2Q! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wbill

-—Hunt’s also doesn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup in it.——

I just googled it and it has corn syrup and hfcs. It needs some kind of sugar to make it sweet.


33 posted on 05/24/2012 11:04:26 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Hmmm. What I buy, does not. In fact, that's one of its selling points - label says, in big bold letters, "No High Fructose Corn Syrup". Maybe it's a variant that's distributed locally.

The real surprise to me so far? Salad Dressing. HFCS was the #1 ingredient in most of what I looked at.

34 posted on 05/24/2012 11:48:06 AM PDT by wbill
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To: driftdiver

Why would we pay you when you already gave it away.
____________________________________________________

That kind of thinking didn’t do the Secret Service any favors


35 posted on 05/24/2012 11:53:19 AM PDT by wally-balls
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To: wally-balls

I dare ya to call MSNBC on me. I double dog dare ya.

:) Besides I hate watered down ketchup


36 posted on 05/24/2012 11:56:45 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: US Navy Vet

That was my first thought!


37 posted on 05/24/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: wbill

Sugar is in everything. Flour is just about as bad, which is why nutritionists recommend avoiding processed food in general. Carbs are the enemy.

Avoiding carbs is easier said than done, though. Still, I’ve lost a lot of weight very quickly by going low carb. By eating nutrient-dense foods, like eggs, meat and veggies, I’m never hungry.

Some Dr. Now is blaming sugar for arterial inflammation. It seemed plausible when I read it.


38 posted on 05/24/2012 12:08:26 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: wbill

Yeah, my wife is a major anti-HFCS lady. We eat much healthier stuff now that she’s been into researching food and nutrition. We don’t even buy bread anymore, she just makes her own.

I still haven’t given up my soda, though. In a bit of compromise, I agreed to go to Pepsi Throwback (with real sugar) rather than HFCS.


39 posted on 05/24/2012 12:35:54 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: SparkyBass
why would a company pay money for a product that would cause consumers to buy their product less frequently? that’s a wrench in the whole “crashing by design” works.

New! Improved! (repackaged in a slightly smaller bottle) with the selling point that 'it all comes out in the end'!

...and only a modest price increase...

but, "You get it all!"

Yeah, they'd pay for it--and make money on it, too.

40 posted on 05/25/2012 6:15:14 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Future Snake Eater
We don’t even buy bread anymore, she just makes her own

Yeah, Mrs WBill bakes a lot of her own bread, too. Problem is that it's so good that it doesn't stick around the house very long! (which frankly, isn't really good for us, either :-) )

For simple PB sandwiches and other utilitarian uses, we use "Nature's Own" bread, or Target's store brand. No HFCS in either one. And they taste pretty good.

Like I said, we're not psychotic about it, just a little more careful. I was just surprised at what foods contain HFCS, and what I need to keep an eye on. For instance, I'd monitor my kids' soda intake, or the number of cookies they might have for dessert. But, if they said "I'm still hungry, I'd like another Peanut Butter sandwich", I'd not think twice about getting them one.

41 posted on 05/25/2012 7:09:51 AM PDT by wbill
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To: bkopto; All
OK....

Add it to oil for 2 stroke engines for lower friction...

To enable the "comeback" of the 2 stroke?

42 posted on 05/25/2012 7:19:27 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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