Sticking Around with Gecko Tape

A lizard's sticky feet inspire a strong new adhesive.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 25, 2003

In the movie Spider-Man, actor Tobey Maguire makes climbing up walls and hanging out on the ceiling look easy—thanks to special effects. In future movies, though, actors and stunt doubles might really be able to crawl along walls and ceilings. All they'll need is some "gecko tape."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hand of this Spider-Man toy is covered with gecko tape, allowing it to hang from the ceiling.

 

The hand of this Spider-Man toy is covered with gecko tape, allowing it to hang from the ceiling.

 

Andre Geim/Univ. of Manchester

 

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