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Cooking oil coating prevents bacteria from growing on food processing equipment
Many foods produced on an industrial scale include raw ingredients mixed together in enormous stainless steel machines that can be difficult to clean. The University of Toronto research team proposes a simple new solution: trapping a thin layer of cooking oil at the metal surface to fill in microscopic scrapes, cracks and fissures and create a barrier to bacterial attachment. This solution resulted in a 1,000x reduction in bacterial levels inside the industrial machines tested. (2018-07-27)

Cracks herald the calving of a large iceberg from Petermann Glacier
Cracks in the floating ice tongue of Petermann Glacier in the far northwest reaches of Greenland indicate the pending loss of another large iceberg. (2019-02-06)

Bioinspired slick method improves water harvesting
By learning how water is collected by living organisms, including rice leaves and pitcher plants, scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas created and tested a combination of materials that can do the same thing, but faster. (2018-03-30)

Harvesting water energy using slippery surfaces
Inspired by natural pitcher plant surface that exhibits a peculiar slippery property, a novel slippery lubricant-impregnated porous surface (SLIPS) based triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), referred to as SLIPS-TENG, is developed to efficiently harvest energy from the most abundant, affordable resource, water. The SLIPS-TENG exhibits many remarkable advantages over conventional design including optical transparency, self-healing, self-cleaning, flexibility, and power generation stability, in a wide range of working environments. (2019-03-27)

Cool! Nanoparticle research points to energy savings
NIST experiments with varying concentrations of nanoparticle additives indicate a major opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of large industrial, commercial, and institutional cooling systems known as chillers. (2008-07-23)

Lubricant-infused material is a slick trick against mussels
A lubricant-infused polymer could reduce the problem of fouling, in which mussels, barnacles and other organisms encrust themselves to ship hulls and marine pipes. (2017-08-17)

Trust in others predicts mortality in the United States
Do you trust other people? It may prolong your life. According to a study by researchers from Lund University and Stockholm University, people who trust others live longer -- Those who do not increase their risk of a shortened life. The study is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2018-10-25)

Slippery liquid surfaces confuse mussels
Mussels are one of the worst perpetrators of biofouling, or the unwanted accumulation of organisms on underwater structures. A team of scientists from the Wyss Institute and NTU, Singapore has demonstrated that a lubricant-infused surface effectively prevents mussels from sticking by masking the solid surface with a layer of liquid. (2017-08-17)

Collaborative effort aims to replace rabbit test for personal lubricant products
A first-of-its kind collaborative project is underway to find a non-animal test method to replace the rabbit vaginal irritation test for personal lubricants. The US Food and Drug Administration gave the project a green light as part of the agency's program aimed at modernizing the tests used to develop and evaluate medical devices. (2017-08-21)

Rethinking the science of plastic recycling
A multi-institutional collaboration reports a catalytic method for selectively converting discarded plastics into higher quality products. The team included Argonne National Laboratory, Ames Laboratory, Northwestern University and three other universities. (2019-10-23)

Self-healing polymer 'starfish' prolong lifetime of automotive oils
Researchers have created self-healing polymers that could extend the lifetime of automotive oils. These polymers are suitable to add to lubricants and could maintain the physical properties of engine oils for longer, they claim helping engine efficiency. Biological materials, such as skin, self heal following damage giving inspiration for these new materials. (2010-01-28)

Firmware at the blink of an eye: Scientists develop new technology of alloy steel rolling
A research team from the NUST MISIS Department of Pressure Metal Treatment has developed a new technology which simplifies the process of hot rolling seamless pipes made of alloy and high-alloy steel. The consistent use of two simple male punches, tools that turn an unruly steel blank into a hollow ''sleeve'', is a distinctive feature of the technology. (2018-09-19)

'Lubricating' sediments were critical in making the continents move
Plate tectonics is a key geological process on Earth, shaping its surface, making it unique among the Solar System's planets. Yet, how plate tectonics emerged and which factors controlled its evolution remains controversial. Now, researchers from the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, the University of Potsdam and the University of Maryland, in a study published in Nature, propose that natural lubrication by debris from surface erosion was crucial in starting and maintaining plate tectonics. (2019-06-05)

Help from the stomach for dry eyes
After a long day of working at the computer, scratchy contact lenses are not only painful, over longer periods of time they can also damage ocular tissue. Relief may be in sight from a natural mucus component referred to as a mucin. A team from the Technical University of Munich has now succeeded in demonstrating that contact lenses coated with purified porcine gastric mucin do not cause damage to the eye anymore. (2017-08-01)

International team makes rare discovery of new fatty acids
Decades after scientists discovered hundreds of different fatty acids in vegetable oils, two that had managed to elude detection have finally revealed themselves to a team led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Huazhong Agricultural University in China. The discovery may be the first of its kind since the 1960s and 1970s, the researchers said, when biochemists identified troves of new fatty acids in various vegetable oils. (2018-08-27)

Study upends understanding about joint injuries
An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can lead to severe osteoarthritis in both animal and human patients. Now, a new interdisciplinary study on the protein that lubricates our joints says that lubricant may actually be a precursor of joint disease. (2020-10-14)

Rethinking ketchup packets: New approach to slippery packaging aims to cut food waste
New research from Virginia Tech aims to cut down on waste -- and consumer frustration -- with a novel approach to creating super slippery industrial packaging. The study, which has yielded a provisional patent, establishes a method for wicking chemically compatible vegetable oils into the surfaces of common extruded plastics, like those used for ketchup packets and other condiments. (2018-08-03)

Nanodiamonds are forever
Argonne researchers have created a self-generating, very-low-friction dry lubricant that lasts so long it could almost be confused with forever. (2018-05-10)

Keeping things moving
Lubricants keep the world moving, but they leave a heavy environmental footprint. New research from the University of Delaware provides a strategy to create renewable lubricant base oils efficiently from non-food biomass. (2019-02-07)

Most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world engineered at Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia's materials science team has engineered a platinum-gold alloy believed to be the most wear-resistant metal in the world. It's 100 times more durable than high-strength steel, making it the first alloy, or combination of metals, in the same class as diamond and sapphire, nature's most wear-resistant materials. (2018-08-16)

Acting like a muscle, nano-sized device lifts 165 times its own weight
New Brunswick engineers have discovered a simple, economical way to make a nano-sized device that can match the friendly neighborhood Avenger, on a much smaller scale. Their creation weighs 1.6 milligrams (about as much as five poppy seeds) and can lift 265 milligrams (the weight of about 825 poppy seeds) hundreds of times in a row. (2017-08-30)

Robot control system for grasping and releasing objects under both dry and wet conditions
A control system for deformable robot-fingertips was developed for grasping and releasing objects. Previously developed robot fingertips with high friction texture can stably grasp a paper box, a soft object under both dry and wet conditions. By injecting a lubricant (absolute ethanol) the grasped object slipped downwards without changing the position of the robot fingertips. The current controlling system using lubricant could be applied to robot tasks in a narrow space. (2019-07-16)

Why is ice so slippery
The answer lies in a film of water that is generated by friction, one that is far thinner than expected and much more viscous than usual water through its resemblance to the 'snow cones' of crushed ice we drink during the summer. This phenomenon was recently demonstrated by researchers from the CNRS and ENS-PSL, with support from the École polytechnique, in a study that appeared in Physical Review X on Nov. 4, 2019 (2019-11-05)

Research team discovers 'rubber material' that could lead to scratch-proof paint for car
A group of researchers from Queen's University Belfast have discovered a stretchy miracle material that could be used to create highly resistant smart devices and scratch-proof paint for cars. (2017-09-07)

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new approach to dynamically tune the micro- and nano-scale roughness of atomically thin MoS2, and consequently the appropriate degree of hydrophobicity for various potential MoS2-based applications. (2017-02-10)

Serendipitous discovery by IUPUI researchers may lead to eco-friendly lubricant
Seed oil components of an ornamental flower could provide a direct pathway for designing a new class of environmentally friendly lubricants. Researchers at the School of Science at IUPUI identified the compound in the seed oil that is produced in a manner unlike any other fatty acid. The study was published online in the journal Nature Plants. (2018-08-27)

Stabilizing multilayer flows may improve transportation of heavy oils
During the past 20 years, the oil industry has begun to transition away from light oils toward heavier oils. But transporting heavy oils cost-effectively is a challenge because heavy oils are viscous -- essentially a thick, sticky and semifluid mess. One way to outmaneuver this problem, reported in Physics of Fluids, is a viscoplastic lubrication technique. It can complement existing methods to stabilize interfaces within multilayer flows. (2019-10-08)

New insight into joint lubrication that keeps osteoarthritis at bay
New evidence to explain how the body's natural joint lubricant prevents the wear and tear that can lead to osteoarthritis has been uncovered by researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. The findings may lead to new methods for treating arthritis, the researchers said. (2006-03-29)

Sheet bulk metal forming research gains €4.7 million in funding
An outstanding success for Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg -- the German Research Foundation has extended the Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 73 which will be funded with approximately €4.7 million over the next four years. The objective of the upcoming project phase is to develop manufacturing processes for sheet bulk metal forming in industry. (2017-02-08)

How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide
An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming. (2019-04-22)

Carnegie Mellon students design new product
Carnegie Mellon engineering students have designed a new product to help Kennametal improve customer productivity. (2004-02-02)

'Bumpy' glass could lead to self-cleaning windows, slick micromachines
Ohio State University engineers are designing super-slick, water-repellent surfaces that mimic the texture of lotus leaves. The patent-pending technology could lead to self-cleaning glass, and could also reduce friction between the tiny moving parts inside microdevices. (2005-01-18)

VTT: One-third of car fuel consumption is due to friction loss
No less than one-third of a car's fuel consumption is spent in overcoming friction, and this friction loss has a direct impact on both fuel consumption and emissions. However, new technology can reduce friction by anything from 10 to 80 percent in various components of a car, according to a joint study by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Argonne National Laboratory in the US. (2012-01-12)

Colorado Crop Provides Environmentally-Friendly Alternative To Motor Oil
Canola oil isn't just for stir fry anymore. Duane Johnson, a Colorado State University Cooperative Extension specialist, uses a canola oil to run his VW Beetle and it will soon be used in state cars in Wisconsin, Michigan and possibly New Zealand. Canola oil is an ideal lubricant as it cuts automobile pollution by 40 percent and doesn't produce hazardous waste. (1998-01-28)

Atomic force microscopy reveals liquids adjust viscosity when confined, shaken
New research shows that when water is confined to a small space, it behaves like a gel. Then, when shaken, it becomes fluidic and exhibits the same structural and mechanical properties as water in a bottle. The study -- the first to use an atomic force microscope to measure the viscosity of confined fluids -- revealed that these liquids can respond and modify their viscosity based on environmental changes. (2008-04-29)

Graphite mimics iron's magnetism
Researchers of Eindhoven University of Technology and the Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands show for the first time why ordinary graphite is a permanent magnet at room temperature. The results are promising for new applications in nanotechnology, such as sensors and detectors. In particular graphite could be a promising candidate for a biosensor material. The results will appear online on Oct. 4 in Nature Physics. (2009-10-04)

Increasing oil's performance with crumpled graphene balls
Crumpled graphene balls self-disperse in oil to reduce friction and protect engines better than commercial lubricants. (2016-01-25)

Solving a condensation mystery
Dropwise condensation on liquid infused surfaces presented a mystery: what's causing the movement of water droplets? Researchers in the McKelvey School of Engineering have found the answer. (2019-06-25)

Genomics uncovers the mystery of the magic drumstick tree -- Moringa oleifera
A team of scientists led by Prof. R. Sowdhamini at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, has recently deciphered the transcriptome by purifying and sequencing RNA from five different tissues (root, stem, flower, seed and leaf) of the Moringa tree. (2019-05-08)

Landscapes and human behavior
Social scientists and biophysical ecologists are finding that environmental surroundings may play a significant role in human social interaction, serving either as a social lubricant as in the first case, or as a barrier. (2006-08-09)

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