Introduction: Gecko glue and other natural wonders

Introduction: Gecko glue and other natural wonders

By John Roach, contributor

Vacationers have gazed in wonder as a gecko, shown here, scurries across the wall of their beachside cabana.

Several years ago, scientists learned that the attractive force of millions of tiny branching bristles on the gecko's footpads is the factor behind the lizard's superb grip and equally stunning zippy-clean release.

Now those scientists are making a variety of adhesives that mimic the technique, raising the possibility of wall-climbing robots, hair-friendly bandages and, yes, even gloves that could someday allow vacationers to scurry after their four-footed friends.

Click here to check out nine more innovations inspired by nature.

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Date: 3 Dec 2008 | Author: mesmerX | Category: News | Views: 2743

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