Bill Nye Explains the iPhone 3GS Oleophobic Screen

Bill Nye Explains the iPhone 3GS Oleophobic Screen

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Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the iPhone 3GS Oleophobic Screen in an article for Gizmodo...

The new 3GS iPhone has a coating that helps you leave no, well hardly any, prints–-fingerprints. The glass screen is coated with a polymer, a plastic that human skin oil doesn't adhere to very well. People in the chemical bonding business like to call the finished surface "oleophobic."

Such a lovely Greek cognate may sound like it means "afraid of oil." And, it does, but it also connotes (or carries with) "aversion" or "not-like-to-be-around-tivity," if I may. Instead of sticking to the bonded-plastic surface of your new phone, the oil from you fingers or cheekbone or tip of your nose stays more or less together as its own smooshed droplet.


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Bill Nye Explains the iPhone 3GS Oleophobic Screen
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