We’ve all probably had the thought at some point in our lives, whether watching the movies or reading an old comic: I want to climb a building, Spider-Man style. Just grab ahold of the brick and shoot right up a 90-degree angle.
Well, thanks to some new research into gecko feet, that day might not be too far off.
A biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, along with a team of polymer scientists, have been studying how the sticky-toed lizards are able to grip and release surfaces without the benefit of a radioactive spider bite—and they believe they’ve finally figured it out. Continue reading