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Gecko Grips Just As Good In Wet Habitats As In Dry Ones
2013-04-02 10:44:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People have always been looking to nature for inspiration for everything from art to medicine. And in a new study by University of Akron researchers, the affable gecko could lead to a new kind of adhesive tape. According to the study, which appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), geckos can cling to wet hydrophobic surfaces like plant leaves and stems just as well as they can to dry surfaces. However,...

How Do Geckos Deal With Wet Feet
2012-08-16 11:04:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Geckos are unique little creatures, having the ability to cling to almost any dry surface. They seem to be just as happy scampering through tropical rainforest canopies as they are in urban settings, explains Alyssa Stark, from the University of Akron, USA. "A lot of work is done on geckos that looks at the very small adhesive structures on their toes to really understand how the system works at the most basic level", says Stark. She...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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