Latest Adhesive tape Stories

2008-06-22 15:00:06

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory is using duct tape to seal a room where deadly bacteria experiments are performed, officials say. The duct tape was placed around the edges of the containment door at the $214 million Atlanta lab a year ago, after the building's ventilation system malfunctioned and pulled potentially contaminated air out of the lab and into a clean hallway, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday. At the time, nine CDC workers were...

2008-03-31 09:06:25

You grip. You tug. It rips. Will that blasted piece of wallpaper ever come off cleanly? New research shows the do-it-yourself crowd may just be out of luck when it comes to removing any sticky sheet such as tape or wallpaper. In fact, pulling evenly on an adhesive film pretty much guarantees it will end, frustratingly, in a triangular point, scientists say. "There's basically no way to get around it," Pedro Reis, an applied mathematician at MIT, told LiveScience. "These are...

2008-02-29 16:28:23

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Materials scientist Ali Dhinojwala came to the U.S. nearly two decades ago to earn a Ph.D., building upon a chemical engineering education in India and leaving behind his own factory and business. "I grew up in a business family so it was an obvious career choice," he said. "I quickly realized the factory was missing a research component so I came to the United States to...

2008-02-19 11:00:00

MIT researchers and colleagues have created a waterproof adhesive bandage inspired by gecko lizards that may soon join sutures and staples as a basic operating room tool for patching up surgical wounds or internal injuries. Drawing on some of the principles that make gecko paws unique, the surface of the bandage has the same kind of nanoscale hills and valleys that allow the lizards to cling to walls and ceilings. Layered over this landscape is a thin coating of glue that helps the bandage...

2008-01-29 18:20:00

Building upon several years of research into the gecko's uncanny ability to climb sheer walls, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an adhesive that is the first to master the easy attach and easy release of the reptile's padded feet. The material could prove useful for a range of products, from climbing equipment to medical devices. Unlike duct tape or glue, the new material is crafted from millions of tiny, hard, plastic fibers that establish grip; a mere...

2008-01-07 21:00:00

OAK RIDGE - John Sorensen and Barbara Vogt Sorensen were probably the first American researchers to tout duct tape as a survival tool against terrorism. Fortunately, the husband-and-wife research team also had a sense of humor about their survival kit. In their August 2001 paper - "Will Duct Tape and Plastic Really Work?" - the Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists evaluated "safe-room" techniques the Israelis had developed for short-term protection against chemical warfare. Israel's...

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