It took two months and a whole team of MIT mechanical engineers and nano-technologists, but at long last, mankind has a solution to the ketchup bottle battle.
LiquiGlide, a "super slippery" coating, is made up of nontoxic materials that allow the condiment to pour out smoothly, the way it was intended. The lubricant can be applied to all sorts of food packaging, but ketchup
had better be likely will be priority number one.
One of the biggest challenges the team faced was making sure the coating was safe to consume, which meant ingredients had to be FDA-approved. "We had a limited amount of materials to pick from," said team member Dave Smith, an MIT Ph.D. candidate. "I can't say what they are, but we've patented the hell out of it."