It's nearly impossible to get every last drop of liquid foods out of their containers. Ketchup and syrup are among the worst offenders. Up to 15 percent can be wasted due to such inefficient packaging. But a team of engineers, mostly from Colorado State University, has devised a solution to the world's sticky container problem using a super-hydrophobic material.
There are not many chemistry labs that begin their experiments by first baking fresh bread. Yet, that is exactly what a lab in China does in its pursuit of cheap and effective carbon foam. This porous, light-weight material could be useful in aerospace engineering or as a building insulator.