The team of researchers, left to right: Prof. Al Crosby, Dan King, Mike Bartlett and Prof. Duncan Irschick
The Geckskin holding up a 42-inch television
The super-adhesive "Geckskin" can stick a 700-pound load to the wall without leaving a sticky residue (Photo: Shutterstock)
Everyone knows geckos have extraordinary powers of adhesion, able to clamber up vertical windows with remarkable ease. With the "Geckskin", a team of scientists have replicated the effect to produce a flat, index-card sized piece of material capable of carrying a 700-pound (318-kg) load - easily enough for a flatscreen television. It can be removed with ease and leaves no unpleasant oomska. And interestingly, it doesn't work as you might think.
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