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A New Spin on Antifreeze


June 11, 2012

image of a cup in a freezer with frost A team of researchers from Harvard University has invented a way to keep any metal surface free of ice and frost. The treated surfaces quickly shed even tiny, incipient condensation droplets or frost simply through gravity. The technology prevents ice sheets from developing on surfaces--and any ice that does form, slides off effortlessly. Image courtesy of Flickr user loungerie Full Story

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