Geckos Can Turn The Stickiness In Their Feet On And Off To Make A Quick Escape

August 13, 2014 1:23 AM

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Want to stick to a ceiling? You'll need gecko toe hairs. Researchers at Oregon State University say the little green lizards can turn on "stickiness" for the toe hairs on the bottoms of their feet, enabling them to adhere to any surface, even ceilings.

"Since the time of the ancient Greeks, people have wondered how geckos are able to stick to walls -- even Archimedes is known to have pondered this problem," Alex Greaney, co-author and an assistant professor of engineering at OSU, said in a press release.

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