Lagos – Geckos have been doing more than scaring innocent grandmothers or serving the role of annoying garden pets, they have inspired a new process that allows humans to scale vertical glass, Mirror reports.
A daredevil volunteer, who weighed 11-stone, crawled up a 12ft pane as an experiment. The sticky attachments to his hands and feel employed the same natural molecular forces that allow geckos and lizards to crawl up walls and across ceilings.
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Scientists created tiny tiles of thousands of tiny hairs called ‘microwedges’ to generate electrostatic Van der Waals forces and produce a dry adhesive.
It has been suggested that the technology might be used to help astronauts move around weightless conditions.
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