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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Biomimicry Fashion

Gecko feet may help design shoes that never wear out, or stilettos with a better grip. (News source.)

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Friday, May 8, 2009

From Geckos to Cameras

A gecko's ability to see color at night may be key to the development of next generation cameras or even contact lenses. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Gecko-Mimicking Bandages

Some US researchers have devised a waterproof sticky bandage based on principles found in some geckos' sticky feet. (News source.)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Gecko Adhesive

University of California, Berkeley, engineers have designed a gecko-foot mimicking adhesive that is very strong but easy to separate. 42 million tiny hard plastic microfibrils are found on a single square centimeter. It takes hold when it slides down a smooth surface, rather than being pressed against. Two square centimeters can hold .88 lbs. (News source.)

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Tree Frog Tape

Indian researchers have created a new sticky tape based on the toepads of a treefrog. The tiny channel-filled patterns allow the tape to be unstuck and reused, while being up to 30 times stickier than conventional tape. (News source.)

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