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Scientists Figure Out How To Scale Walls Like Spider-Man

Scientists Figure Out How To Scale Walls Like Spider-Man | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A team of researchers at Stanford has developed a way to scale glass walls using pads that attach to a person's hands. [...] The inspiration behind the design was not actually Spider-Man, but the gecko, which is able to climb up a variety of surfaces using what are known as van der Waals forces. To replicate these electric forces, the Stanford team created hexagon-shaped pads about the size of pingpong paddles. They then covered them in tiny tiles made from polydimethylsiloxane -- a silicon material commonly found in water-repellant coatings. The material itself isn't actually sticky like tape or glue. Like a gecko's toes, the tiles have tiny nanofibers that make the pads strong enough to cling to glass surfaces. Flexible springs behind the tiles help to distribute the weight."

 

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Space Lizard Robots Designed as Cosmic Cleaners

Space Lizard Robots Designed as Cosmic Cleaners | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Space lizards with sticky feet have been created to act as cosmic cleaners by the European Space Agency. The robots have been designed to mimic gecko lizards in order to help clean the outside of spacecrafts. Researchers at ESA and the Simon Fraser University in Canada believe their 'dry adhesive' materials inspired by geckos could lead to hull-crawling automatons that look after future spaceships."

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University of Akron's Research into Geckos' Natural Stickiness may Pay Off in Companies and Products

University of Akron's Research into Geckos' Natural Stickiness may Pay Off in Companies and Products | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The University of Akron's research into what makes geckos' feet stick to almost anything -- part of an emerging field called bio-inspiration -- could have big payoffs in industrial adhesives, electronics, robotics and other fields.

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Carl Messenger-Lehmann's curator insight, December 30, 2014 1:41 AM

We Know gecko's are cool - we just didn't realize they were this cool!

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Flypaper for Elephants: A New Adhesive is Based on Geckos' Feet

Flypaper for Elephants: A New Adhesive is Based on Geckos' Feet | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts has developed a new, reusable adhesive based on the feet of the gecko – the lizard that licks its own eyeballs and climbs up walls. Around 60% of gecko species have adhesive toe pads and these pads were the inspiration for Geckskin – a device that can attach and detach from materials and surfaces repeatedly."

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Here's to Hoping Geckskin (Biomimetic Gecko-Based Tape) Sticks Around

Here's to Hoping Geckskin (Biomimetic Gecko-Based Tape) Sticks Around | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

More than five years ago we first wrote about Geckel, a biomimetic adhesive based on geckos' and mussels' ability to stick to things. But as of this year the material was still "under development." Perhaps Duncan Irschick and Alfred Crosby, from UMass Amherst, will have better luck. The pair of scientists--one from Biology, the other from Polymer Science & Engineering--have devised "Geckskin," a reusable tape that can reportedly stick something weighing 700 pounds to a flat wall. Manufacturers of wall mounts for flatscreen TVs ought to be worried.

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Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes

Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
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