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Hydrophobic sand turns to goo in water and magically turns back to sand when dry

Hydrophobic sand aka magic fairy dust isn’t something new. But seeing the effects of in action is always impressive. Just watch it go from sand into this metallic goo once it sinks into a cup of water. And even cooler, watch it transform back from goo into grains of sand once it exits the water. » 8/21/15 9:30pm 8/21/15 9:30pm

Hydrophobic T-Shirts Are Miraculous—Until You Wash Them

A few weeks ago, an Australian startup offered to send me a T-shirt. I'm not normally on the T-shirt beat, but this one was special. The 100-percent cotton garment featured "patented hydrophobic nanotechnology" to make it super stain-resistant. "I'll be the judge of that," I thought, and a few days later the… » 2/26/15 10:10am 2/26/15 10:10am

Watch a super hydrophobic knife cut through a water droplet

Black magic and sorcery and deals with the devil and breaks in The Matrix and possibly other dimensions. That's what super hydrophobic material is made out of. Like this super hydrophobic knife that just slices through a water droplet and cuts it in two. Are we really sure science can explain what my eyes are seeing? » 1/30/15 9:42pm 1/30/15 9:42pm

NeverWet's Clear Water-Repelling Spray: Less Magic, More Wet

When we tried the first iteration of Rustoleum's seemingly magic, liquid-repelling spray, we were actually pretty damn impressed—water beading off toilet paper rolls! Now, though, NeverWet's come out with a version that doesn't leave a gross residue. And while this new NeverWet may indeed be less sticky, it is a hell… » 1/09/15 12:19pm 1/09/15 12:19pm

Outlier Blazed Cotton Pivot Shirt Review: Can Science Save You from Sweat Stains?

It doesn't have to be the middle of summer for you to sweat though a shirt. We're humans, and we sweat. Sometime a lot! Often that means awful dark pit stains. That's not supposed to happen with Outlier's Blazed Cotton Pivot shirt—a unique anti-sweat textile designed so you can look like a million bucks in… » 9/18/12 4:20pm 9/18/12 4:20pm