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Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Material Now Usable On Wood, Other Surfaces
2014-04-20 06:48:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The University of Massachusetts Amherst scientists behind a super-adhesive material inspired by gecko feet have described a new, more versatile version of their invention that can be used on real-world surfaces. The improved version of the reusable material known as Geckskin is capable of strongly adhering to a greater variety of surfaces. However, just like a gecko’s feet, it is able to detach from those surfaces easily, the...

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2014-02-28 08:51:09

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Scoffing at or cutting funds for basic biological research on unusual animal adaptations from Gila monster venom to snail sex, though politically appealing to some, is short-sighted and only makes it more likely that important economic and social benefits will be missed in the long run, say a group of evolutionary biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Writing in a recent issue of BioScience, researchers Patricia Brennan, Duncan...

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2012-02-18 04:49:03

For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall. Doctoral candidate Michael Bartlett in Alfred Crosby´s polymer...

2009-07-02 16:21:31

U.S. scientists studying the process of hammering a nail say they found men are more accurate than women when hammering under poor lighting conditions. But the University of Massachusetts-Amherst researchers conversely found women are more accurate than men when hammering in good light, regardless of target size. Associate Professor Duncan Irschick and his team said their findings suggest humans have remarkable compensatory ability during difficult motor tasks such as hammering in the dark....

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2009-06-28 07:44:49

When it comes to something as simple as hammering a nail, some people are naturals and get the job done after a few clean, sharp strokes of the hammer, whereas for the rest of us a similar challenge is likely to end up with the nail bent in the middle, a sore thumb and a wounded pride. Dr. Duncan Irschick and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have measured hammering performance in men and women and found that men are more accurate than women when hammering under...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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