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'Sticky Nanotubes' Hold Key to Future Technologies
April 28, 2008
Researchers at Purdue University are the first to precisely measure the forces required to peel tiny nanotubes off of other materials, opening up the possibility of creating standards for nanomanufacturing and harnessing a gecko's ability to walk up walls.
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