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Press Release 08-179
As Sticky as a Gecko ... but Ten Times Stronger!

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Illustration of a gecko hanging off a ledge holding nine more geckos.

Researchers have created a gecko-inspired adhesive with ten times the stickiness of a gecko's foot, by combining vertically aligned nanotubes with curly spaghetti-like nanotubes.

Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation after Liangti Qu et al., Science 10/10/2008


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Cover of the October 10, 2008 issue of Science magazine.

The October 10, 2008 issue of Science magazine.

Credit: Copyright 2008 AAAS


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