Scientists learn secret of how geckos cling to vertical walls

August 13, 2014 12:43 AM

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Geckos stick to surfaces by the tiny hairs on their toes, new research reveals.

New research, which was published on Aug. 12 in the Journal of Applied Physics, explains how the amazing gecko uses tiny, branched hairs in its toes, called ‘seta,’ to turn its stickiness on and off in an instant without expending much energy. This remarkable ability allows the gecko to adhere to an...

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