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Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
4/17/2013

Top, a schematic shows the design of the liquid-infused dynamic material. The bottom two photographs show the dry and lubricated elastic substrates.   (Source: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering)
Top, a schematic shows the design of the liquid-infused dynamic material. The bottom two photographs show the dry and lubricated elastic substrates.
(Source: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   4/17/2013 12:56:47 PM
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Elizabeth, I didn't really get the immediate wow factor of continuous tunability until I saw the start-stop action on the video of a drop rolling down--and then stopping on--a vertical surface.

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Ann R. Thryft   4/17/2013 12:54:29 PM
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Thanks, far911. What's even more amazing to me is that the system is adaptable to different materials for different purposes and to different stimuli for creating those changes.

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Elizabeth M   4/17/2013 11:09:21 AM
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Fascinating stuff, Ann. Some of the science of this goes a bit over my head, but it's always interesting to read about the latest advancements in materials and how they are composed.

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far911   4/17/2013 4:53:24 AM
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This is fascinating stuff and is sure to bring countless number of uses. Having an open-air event and being able to control the air flow is quite handy. A good air flow when its sunny and a resistive material when its raining, and being able to do this any time at will is just magical. 

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