Super Sticky Power

Scientists have combined the sticking power of geckos and mussels to create an extrasticky material.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM August 3, 2007

Scientists have long been fascinated by the gravity-defying skills of geckos. The lizardlike creatures can walk up walls and across ceilings.

In recent years, researchers have discovered that tiny hairs on the pads of their feet give geckos their power to stick. Engineers have mimicked those structures to create sticky materials. (See "How a Gecko Defies Gravity").

By taking advantage of the natural abilities of geckos and mussels to stick to various surfaces, scientists have created a material far stickier than glue.

By taking advantage of the natural abilities of geckos and mussels to stick to various surfaces, scientists have created a materia...

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