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Friday, November 11, 2005

Nanohairs help geckos walk upside down

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart have succeeded in examining, in the smallest detail, the adhesive mechanisms on the soles of gecko feet – with about a billion nanohairs per foot. These tiny adhesive hairs put the gecko in direct physical contact with its environment, allowing it to stick to just about any ceiling and walk with its feet over its head. more @