07 November 2006

Walk like a beetle?

Max Plank Society have developed tape which acts like a beetle’s feet — sticking to surfaces using van der Waals forces instead of glue.

Unlike ordinary tape, there is no glue left around & any remaining debris can be quickly whisked away with soap & water. Amongst many other applications, you can protect delicate glassware with the tape.

“Geckos, which are heavy compared to a fly, have been using nanotechnology for this purpose for millions of years” — finally, a solution to gecko-envy! (-:

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