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LiquiGlide, A New Surface Coating Developed to Let Food and Other Products Slide Easily Out of Their Container

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LiquiGlide is a new surface coating system developed at MIT that lets food and other products slide easily out of their containers, eliminating waste. The team that developed the system was led by Kripa Varanasi and David Smith who are working to bring the system to market.

A particularly interesting aspect of LiquiGlide is that it is not one material, but rather a system for creating a coating that can use different ingredients. That means different products will have different LiquiGlide coatings. To ensure that the coating is safe, LiquiGlide coatings can be made from food materials, and sometimes can even be made of the ingredients found in the product the LiquiGlide is helping slide out of the container.

photo via MIT News

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An Adult Coloring Book by George R. R. Martin Based on His ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Novels & HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

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Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Barnes & Noble and The New York Times recently announced that Random House Books will be publishing George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book, an actual adult coloring book authored by George R. R. Martin that will feature over forty-five illustrations based his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels and HBO’s hit Game of Thrones television series. The upcoming coloring book, filled with artwork by Grant Lindahl, is currently available to pre-order online from Barnes & Noble and Amazon with a release date of October 27, 2015.

Barnes & Noble is also offering seven blank pages from the coloring book, available to download as a .zip file, for fans to print off and color while waiting for the full book to release.

Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Game of Thrones Coloring Book

Game of Thrones Coloring Book

images via Barnes & Noble

via io9

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Sierra Nevada Announces Partnership With German Brauhaus Riegele For Their 2015 Oktoberfest Beer

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Sierra Nevada Brewery announced yesterday that they will be partnering with a different German brewery every year to create their seasonal “Oktoberfest” beer. The first of these partnerships is with Brauhaus Riegele, a famous 600-year old brewery based in Augsburg, Germany (In 2013 Laughing Squid partner David Klass helped launch Riegele in the US). The collaborative Oktoberfest will be available in August, 2015.

We are beyond excited to officially announce our partnership with Germany’s 600-year-old Brauhaus Riegele on our brand new Oktoberfest beer. This beer marks the start of our annual Oktoberfest beer program, which will feature a different German collaboration partner each year. Watch out for our authentic Oktoberfest brew later this summer. Prosit!

image via Beer Street Journal

via David Klass, Beer Street Journal

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This Artist Makes Incredibly Tiny Pottery By Hand

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“Size does matter,” writes Tacoma, Washington artist Jon Almeda on his pottery website. Tiny hand thrown ceramics at 1” (2.54cm) scale are now Almeda’s specialty, despite starting his career with much bigger pieces. He describes the critical moment online:

“While browsing a book store, I came across a book called ‘Creating Ceramic Miniatures‘ that really changed my whole outlook and approach,” Almeda writes. “Throwing small really allows me to focus on the shape and form of a piece. It is a very meditative form of creation.”

Almeda’s pieces look exactly like their larger versions, and are often small enough to sit atop a coin or matchbook. A custom designed motorized curio wheel is needed to achieve the level of precision necessary for such small scale ceramics.

More info: almedapottery.com | Facebook | Amazon | Etsy | Instagram (h/t: thisiscolossal)

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