Gecko-like tape holds up 42-inch TV

For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall. Doctoral candidate Michael Bartlett in Alfred Crosby?s polymer science and engineering lab at UMass Amherst is the lead author of their article describing the discovery in the current online issue of Advanced Materials. The group includes biologist Duncan Irschick, a functional morphologist who has studied the gecko?s climbing and clinging abilities for over 20 years. Geckos are equally at home on vertical, slanted, even backward-tilting surfaces. "Amazingly, gecko feet can be applied and disengaged with ease, and with no sticky residue remaining on the surface," Irschick says. These properties

Gecko-like tape holds up 42-inch TV

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Mon 20 Feb 12 from Newscientist

Gecko-inspired mess-free super-adhesive can stick a TV to the wall

Everyone knows geckos have extraordinary powers of adhesion, able to clamber up vertical windows with remarkable ease. With the "Geckskin", a team of scientists have replicated the effect to ...

Fri 17 Feb 12 from Gizmag

Inspired by gecko feet, scientists invent super-adhesive material

For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. ...

Thu 16 Feb 12 from Phys.org

Super-Adhesive Material Inspired By Gecko Feet, Sat 18 Feb 12 from RedOrbit

Inspired by gecko feet, UMass Amherst scientists invent super-adhesive material, Fri 17 Feb 12 from Labspaces.net

Inspired by gecko feet, UMass Amherst scientists invent super-adhesive material, Thu 16 Feb 12 from e! Science News

Inspired by gecko feet, scientists invent super-adhesive material, Thu 16 Feb 12 from R&D Mag

Adhesive material mimics the way geckos stick to surfaces

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have invented a Gecko-inspired adhesive material.

Sun 19 Feb 12 from The Engineer

Gecko feet inspire amazing glue that can hold 700 pounds on smooth wall

Biologists have long been amazed by gecko feet, which allow 5-ounce lizards to produce an adhesive force equivalent to carrying 9 lbs. up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists ...

Thu 16 Feb 12 from ScienceDaily

Inspired by Gecko Feet, Scientists Invent New Adhesive, Thu 16 Feb 12 from Newswise

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