Gecko’s feet provide ideas for new sticky stuff.

Anyone who has seen a gecko race upside down across the ceiling must have been impressed by the the little critter’s ability to stick to any surface. Scientists at UC Berkley and Lewis Clark College in Oregon has gone beyond fascination. They have developed a new material sporting millions of tiny plastic fibers that imitate the gecko’s abilities. The material will grip whenever slid across a surface, and releases when pulled at a 90 degree angle. According the researchers a 2 square centimeter piece can support almost a pound of weight.

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