15 Mar '12, 2pm

Gecko-inspired adhesive lets your TV cling to the wall like a lizard

With its Tom Cruise-like talent for scattering straight up walls, the gecko has become one of biomimicry’s favored muses . Studying its feet, scientists have come up with a variety of gecko-inspired tapes, but now a team at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has developed a stronger adhesive patch they’re calling “Geckskin .” A piece of the stuff about the size of an index card can hold up to 700 pounds of weight on a smooth wall. That’s a 42-inch flatscreen TV or a mirror or that Dutch masterpiece you picked up on your last European vacation. And if you get the placement wrong, no problem — you can peel this stuff off the wall and smack it back on without leaving a trace, supposedly. This particular team of scientists wasn’t just interested in geckos’ feet, which are brushed with tiny hairs that help them stick to walls. That tech works fine for a two-ounce lizard, b...

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