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Slippery Slope: Researchers Take Advice From A Carnivorous Plant

After a rain, the cupped leaf of a pitcher plant becomes a virtually frictionless surface. Sweet-smelling and elegant, the carnivore attracts ants, spiders, and even little frogs. One by one, they slide to their doom.

By adopting the plant's slick strategy, a group of applied scientists have created a material that repels just about any type of liquid, including blood and oil, and does so even under harsh conditions like high pressure and freezing temperatures.

Image credit: Walter Federle, Ulrike Bauer, and Holger Bohn