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From “Sticks Like Glue” to “Sticks Like Gecko”

February 21st, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

Biologists have long been drawn by the adhesive power of gecko feet that enable these 5-ounce lizards to scale vertical walls with nary a slip. Now polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have duplicated how the gecko accomplishes this feat. The result: "Geckskin," a sticky material that can hold up to 700 pounds on a smooth wall

New Material Shrilk Might Rival Plastic

December 16th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

For those wanting replacements for non-biodegradable and fossil fuel-dependent plastic, Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has announced a new material for that is cheap to produce, biodegradable, and biocompatible

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