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From “Sticks Like Glue” to “Sticks Like Gecko”

University of Massachusetts Amherst Scientists Create Super-Strong Adhesive with Geckskin Biologists have long been drawn by the adhesive power of gecko feet that enable these 5-ounce lizards to scale vertical walls with nary a slip. Now polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have duplicated how the gecko accomplishes this feat. The result: “Geckskin,” a sticky material that can hold up to 700 pounds on a smooth wall. Put in perspective, this Geckskin could hold a flat-screen television, and come down as easily as it was put up. Nor does it leave any unpleasant odor. According to a press announcement from University of Massachusetts Amherst, many polymer scientists formed the research team, plus biologist Duncan Irschick, who has studied geckos’ climbing ability for more than 20 years. A gecko is able to move with ease on vertical, sl...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/21/from-sticks-like-glue...

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