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Gecko Feet Inspire Amazing Glue That Can Hold 700 Pounds On Smooth Wall
Science Daily ^ | 2/16/12

Posted on 02/17/2012 11:26:05 AM PST by LibWhacker

ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2012) — For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall.

Doctoral candidate Michael Bartlett in Alfred Crosby's polymer science and engineering lab at UMass Amherst is the lead author of their article describing the discovery in the current online issue of Advanced Materials. The group includes biologist Duncan Irschick, a functional morphologist who has studied the gecko's climbing and clinging abilities for over 20 years. Geckos are equally at home on vertical, slanted, even backward-tilting surfaces.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: feet; gecko; geckoglue; glue; strong; superglue

1 posted on 02/17/2012 11:26:16 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

"Blimey! Me hands are stuck to this cup o' tea!"

2 posted on 02/17/2012 11:31:37 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (I am pro-Jesus, anti-abortion, pro-limited government, anti-GOP.)
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To: LibWhacker

Interesting.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 11:31:37 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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To: LibWhacker

Wonder how long can “Geckskin” hold that 700 pounds?


4 posted on 02/17/2012 11:33:38 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: LibWhacker

Geckoman!


5 posted on 02/17/2012 11:34:04 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Red_Devil 232

The gecko obviously can make it release whenever it wants. A “command adhesive” would be the most interesting possibility.


6 posted on 02/17/2012 11:35:38 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: LibWhacker
Gecko Feet inspire Amazing Glue That Can Hold 700 Pounds on Smooth Wall

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Ok, now you Gingrich supporters are really digging to the bottom of the barrel to support your guy.


7 posted on 02/17/2012 11:37:39 AM PST by Yaelle (Go Santorum!)
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To: LibWhacker

Someone better trademark Gecko Feet quickly, or Michelle Obama will own it. (She could also trademark Tyrannosaurus-Feet Are Mine.)


8 posted on 02/17/2012 11:40:25 AM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: LibWhacker

This is really cool. I have admired geckos my whole life. I love when tech advances come from simply trying to copy Gd’s magical world. Well, they kind of all do, don’t they?


9 posted on 02/17/2012 11:41:38 AM PST by Yaelle (Go Santorum!)
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To: LibWhacker

now if they could only come up with a glue that would hold my louvers to my rear window! even had the 3M experts around. couldn’t do it.
no matter what I do, in a month or so, the upper corners are coming off. even when I don’t drive the car! it’s aluminum to glass, so good luck lizard!;-)


10 posted on 02/17/2012 11:42:06 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yeah! It would be great if it could hold up my Flat screen TV with out falling in the middle of a Super Bowl some year!


11 posted on 02/17/2012 11:45:06 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Yaelle

We have a gecko. For the past 11 years. He (she?) has never really done anything that would lead me to believe his feet are magically sticky. Occasionally, he’ll stand up straight against a wall of his cage for awhile, but that is about it for “feats” with his feet.


12 posted on 02/17/2012 11:47:02 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: LibWhacker
It's a shame he's not here to see this :-(


13 posted on 02/17/2012 11:47:22 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Unless you’re mounting it to something like masonry or solid wood, maybe old fashioned TV mounts are the best way to go here. The limiting factor would not be the gecko glue but the strength of the surface to which it was clinging. If all you succeeded in doing was pulling the paper or paint off the surface of some drywall or plaster, that would stink. Most flatscreens now have anchors in a standard pattern on the back.


14 posted on 02/17/2012 11:54:45 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: camle

Or keep those driver and side window deflectors from eventually flopping around!


15 posted on 02/17/2012 11:55:11 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: NEMDF

Have you ever given him the chance? Try mounting pieces of plexiglass to the wall and ceiling of his cage. He might do tricks for you.


16 posted on 02/17/2012 11:56:28 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: camle

“Silicone sealant” might do the trick there. It takes several hours to cure, but once it does it sticks stubbornly to both metal and glass. Both surfaces should be clean, of course, and tape or the like used to keep the joint motionless until the cure completes.


17 posted on 02/17/2012 11:58:48 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Gotcha! Had to mount special hardware and find the hidden 2x4s in the wall to mount my flat screen.


18 posted on 02/17/2012 11:59:23 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Finding studs behind drywall can be a bear. I usually end up using the poke method with an awl or ice pick, then mending the holes with spackle and matching paint. I have a stud sensor tool but it can’t always be trusted as it can “see” wiring and plumbing too.


19 posted on 02/17/2012 12:04:26 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: LibWhacker

Well, if they can invent an extra strength version of this stuff, maybe Rosie O’Donnell could be mounted to a wall (and left to hang).


20 posted on 02/17/2012 12:10:11 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: righttackle44

I am thinking Rhinoceros hoofs would be a better match for the Mooche.


21 posted on 02/17/2012 12:12:07 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: NEMDF
We have them all over out house outside. Would be inside too, but the cats object to that.

Both the green day geckos and the dark night guys do just fine on vertical surfaces and the ceiling. Only one we found with a problem is a baby we are raising that appears to have hatched prematurely and is not fully developed.

22 posted on 02/17/2012 12:16:43 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Red_Devil 232

I want a set of those new “Geckskin” autocross tires!


23 posted on 02/17/2012 12:39:59 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: LibWhacker
Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it

What do they mean these guys 'discovered' how it worked? Maybe they made the glue, but we have known for a long time how the gecko does it... its the 'hairs' on the feet being so small and so plentiful that subatomic Van der Waals forces come into play to hold the gecko to any surface it climbs on.

I guess just another example of 'journalism' now a days...
24 posted on 02/17/2012 12:47:07 PM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: battousai
Since it's original technology proprietary to geckoes, perhaps proceeds from the applications should go to preserving gecko habitat.

Or maybe we can pay them off with a few million nice juicy flies ;^)

Yo, man! Don't Bogart the flies!



25 posted on 02/17/2012 1:02:19 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: LibWhacker

GECKO feet . . . . . . !!???

Sounds like something a podiatrist would tell a patient. “I’m sorry, Mrs. Danwilly, you have a condition called Gecko Feet. It’s currently untreatable! Have a nice day.”


26 posted on 02/17/2012 1:29:37 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: camle
Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes is always touting this stuff: PL Premium. He swears by it. Says it will bond almost anything to anything. I've been meaning to try it. (But buy it from your local hardware store; Amazon's sellers charge a ridiculous amount for shipping.)
27 posted on 02/17/2012 1:30:37 PM PST by LibWhacker
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28 posted on 02/17/2012 1:36:57 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: LibWhacker
Wow, that could replace aspirin tablets as a contraceptive!
29 posted on 02/17/2012 2:31:01 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Every woman should have a stud finder. I do.


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31 posted on 02/17/2012 4:16:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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