The Secret behind the Sticky Feet in Geckos

August 13, 2014 1:58 PM

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The Secret behind the Sticky Feet in Geckos

Geckos are well known for their ability to stick to walls and even ceilings as if gravity doesn’t work on them. But they are also capable of running quite fast when the need arises. This apparent contrast has intrigued scientists for a long time, even Archimedes wondered how the Geckos did it.

Researchers at Oregon State University delved into the mystery of geckos’ adhesion system to find out how exactly they worked. They found that geckos have the ability to turn the adhesion of their toe hair on and off at will. Alex Greaney the co-author of the study said that in 2000, a group of rese...

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