Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of trying to get the last bit of a product to shake loose from its container. It’s virtually impossible to expend a tube of toothpaste completely or get the clinging bits from a can of some products. Hence, a great deal of waste takes place.
Now there’s a new product, created by Kripa K. Varanasi, a professor of mechanical engineering at M.I.T., and J. David Smith, the graduate student turned chief executive. They’ve come up with a coating that makes the inside of the bottle permanently wet and slippery.
M.I.T. was sponsoring a $100,000 contest for entrepreneurial ideas. Mr. Smith and Dr. Varanasi decided to enter. Over a weekend, Mr. Smith developed a prototype of a ketchup bottle. Using a video of ketchup sliding out, they were the runner-up and won the Audience Choice Award. Currently the product is generating interest from food packaging companies.
“The company is also exploring the industrial applications originally envisioned, including coatings for petroleum storage tanks and pipelines. That could not only reduce the energy needed to push materials through the pipes, but also speed cleaning of tanks, with fewer chemicals.”
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The word “nerd” has been applied to those of a particularly scholarly or bookish disposition. (Generally, it’s not used in a complimentary fashion. It’s also been the name of a candy – but that’s another story altogether.) Perhaps ‘nerd-i-ness’ will get a better reputation from it being the appellation of a new item: the Nano-Electro-Robotic Device (NERD) – a robotic germ! It’s a different slant, and it comes from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
“The research is the latest entry in the first generation of bio-electromechanical devices designed to combine living organism with nonliving technology to conduct research and solve a variety of different problems by using miniature machines too small for the naked eye to see.”
Biodiversity funding is needed in all corners of the world as projects are undertaken to improve our planet. The European Commission has made a wonderful announcement for the forward progress of environmental projects within the Falkland Islands. BEST 2.0 (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories) recognizes a need for support of projects on the ground.
The European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid) has two calls for proposals organized in the coming two years, with a total budget of over €6 million for this initiative. The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is the coordinator for the South Atlantic Hub, which includes Ascension Island, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and South Sandwich Isles. Read more detail here:
SAERI is an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. It aims to conduct world class research, teach students, and build capacity within and between the South Atlantic Overseas Territories.Visit the SAERI website www. south-atlantic-research.org for further information.