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Scientists Develop Super-Adhesive

Posted on 3/23/2012 3:43:39 PM By Jessica Berman
  

A team of scientists have used synthetic materials to mimic the skin and tendons of gecko feet, creating super-thin pad that can stick a 700-pound object to a smooth wall. The discovery could lead to cheap new adhesive pads which can be used and reused. The so-called 'geckskin' pad harnesses many of the same properties as gecko feet: the 16-inch pad leaves no mark and can be reused hundreds of times to support objects of significant weight. Additionally, 'geckskin' leaves no mark, even on surfaces like glass. "Our Geckskin device is about 16 inches square, about the size of an index card, and can hold a maximum force of about 700 pounds while adhering to a smooth surface such as glass," the scientists say.

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