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Have you ever been [angrily / angry] because the tomato ketchup wouldn't come out the bottle? Have you ever squeezed and squeezed the toothpaste [tube / tub] but the last bit wouldn’t come out? Have you ever spent [age / ages] trying to scrape the last bits of jam from the sides of the [ajar / jar] ? If the answer to these questions is 'yes,' you may be [happily / happy] to know that a [solve / solution] to your problems is coming. Scientists have invented a super-slippery surface that can [be / being] put on the inside of bottles, tubes, jars, tins and [another / other] containers. The slippery inside means anything will just slide out, [like / alike] water. Every last drop of things like glue, paint and cosmetics will come out, leaving the container totally empty, and [making / marking] you happier and richer.

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the company LiquiGlide [wanted / wanting] to create something that would [reduce / reduction] waste and [saving / save] us money. The technology's co-inventor, Dr David Smith, said every day, millions of litres of ketchup, [sources / sauces] , paint, gels and creams get stuck to the sides of containers and are [thrown / throwing] away. He said: "The technology has the potential to significantly reduce waste and [be / do] a big part of the zero-waste economy." The LiquiGlide website says: "[What / That] the wheel was to transportation, LiquiGlide is to liquids - it changes the [weight / way] liquids move….We want to revolutionize consumer [backpacks / packaging] , reduce waste, and create efficiencies. We are motivated to [save / spend] lives and improve the world."

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