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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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9 Ways of Getting Around Inspired by Biomimicry

9 Ways of Getting Around Inspired by Biomimicry | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"[...] a number of designers and roboticists have already been looking at how the creatures of nature move. On the following slides, you'll find some ofthe ways nature's creativity is already being put to use."

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