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Frictionless fluids from bacterial teamwork

By increasing the sensitivity of an established technique, researchers have shown that swimming bacteria can make frictionless fluids — with potential applications in areas such as microfluidics.

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Figure 1: Viscosity modulation by rod-like bacteria.


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Marchetti, M. Frictionless fluids from bacterial teamwork. Nature 525, 37–39 (2015).

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