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2014-09-02 11:37:24

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Five geckos sent into space so that researchers could analyze their reproductive habits in microgravity have died in orbit, officials from the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) confirmed on Monday. The four male and one female lizards were sent into space on a Photon-M4 satellite on July 19 and returned to Earth 44 days later, explained Howard Amos of The Telegraph. However, when Roscosmos scientists traveled to the probe’s...

geckos defy gravity
2014-08-13 05:18:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The uncanny ability of geckos to adhere to nearly any surface and even walk on ceilings is the result of a biological mechanism in their toes that the lizards can instantly turn on or off, according to new research appearing in the latest edition of the Journal of Applied Physics. Geckos, along with spiders and some insects, appear to defy gravity with the way they are able to scale walls and cling to high surfaces, the Oregon...

2014-06-25 23:02:08

The New Gecko Wireless Two Zone LED Wall Dimmer from Solid Apollo is a completely wireless LED lighting dimmer. Reduce installation time and eliminate excess wiring, just stick and go! Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 25, 2014 The Gecko Wireless Dimmer from Solid Apollo is an entirely new wireless dimmer design. No more switchboxes, wiring or extensive installation time is required to control your LED lighting project. The Gecko Dimmer has the function and appearance of a normal wall switch, but...

gecko-inspired human climbing mechanism
2014-06-06 11:55:22

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The gecko is a small lizard that can climb on a variety of surfaces, including glass. It uses adhesive pressure equaling 15 to 30 pounds per square inch (PSI) on each limb. Theoretically, the gecko can also support its body weight hanging on one toe. Each toe is comprised of a microscopic hierarchical structure which are little stalk-like extensions 100 microns long and 2 microns around. Each stalk is a bundle of hundreds of tips...

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...

2014-02-07 08:22:39

Blue Gecko, based in Championsgate, Florida, is raising funds for its ultra-cool and unique application called Pay N Show using the crowd-funding platform, Indiegogo.com. Visit the Pay N Show fundraising campaign at: http://igg.me/p/637684 CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Gecko, based in Championsgate, Florida, is raising funds for its ultra-cool and unique application called Pay N Show using the crowd-funding platform, Indiegogo.com. Pay N Show promises to be...

Where Do Lizards Live In Qatar?
2014-02-05 10:09:53

Pensoft Publishers The state of Qatar occupies a small peninsula of 11,500 km2 within the Arabian Peninsula. Both Qatar's population and economy have increased rapidly during the last decades, thus putting a strong pressure on native species. The commitment of the Qatari government towards sustainable development has triggered a variety of studies of its dwindling biodiversity. A recent lizard inventory project has confirmed the occurrence of 21 lizard species, two of them being the...

Future Space Missions May Utilize Gecko-Inspired Robotics
2014-01-02 08:45:34

[ Watch the video: Abigaille-III Climbing Robot ] [ Watch the video: Wall-Climbing Robot Demonstration ] Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Future space missions could utilize a new technology that draws inspiration from the stickiness found on gecko feet. Researchers, using this natural wonder, have developed a wall-climbing robot that may one day aid astronauts in outer space. The ESA, along with Simon Fraser University researchers in Canada, tested a dry...

2013-10-15 23:21:59

New Gecko™ Z and Gecko™ XF round out the complete family of Gecko Wall Systems™ products. St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) October 15, 2013 Spec-Rite Designs, a global distributor, manufacturer and designer of phenolic furnishings, recently announced the launch of two new Gecko Wall System™ product lines, Gecko Z™ and Gecko XF™. The addition of the new products lines comes shortly after Spec-Rite Designs announced a 300 percent increase in 2013 sales of Gecko Wall Systems™ compared to...


Latest Gecko Reference Libraries

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2007-01-02 11:22:17

The Texas Banded Gecko, Coleonyx brevis, is a species of small gecko native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. They are most commonly found in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico in the United States, and in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Durango in Mexico. They prefer semi-arid habitats, and are often found around rock piles or canyon crevices. Texas banded geckos are small, rarely exceeding 4 inches in length. They have alternating bands of yellow and...

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2005-06-22 14:40:30

Dull day gecko (Phelsuma dubia (BOETTGER 1881)) is a diurnal species of geckos. It is about 15 cm in length and lives on the western coast of Madagascar, in the Comoros, and the coast of East Africa. It typically inhabits trees and can also be found near human dwellings. The Dull day gecko feeds on insects and nectar. Scientific synonyms: Pachydactylus dubius BOETTGER 1881 Phelsuma dubia - KLUGE 1993 Phelsuma dubia - GLAW & VENCES 1994: 298 Phelsuma dubia - BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 10...

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2005-06-22 14:20:39

Geckos are small to moderately large lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae. These lizards are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos. Geckos are unusual in other respects as well. Many species have specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth vertical surfaces and even cross indoor ceilings with ease. These antics are well-known to persons living in...

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2005-06-15 17:28:58

Gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda) is a diurnal subspecies of geckos. It lives in northern Madagascar and on the Comoros. It typically inhabits trees and can sometimes be found in houses. The Gold dust day gecko feeds on insects and nectar. Description This lizard belongs to the smaller day geckos. It can reach a total length of about 13 cm. The body color is a bright green or yellowish green or rarely even blue. Typical for this day gecko are the yellow speckles on the...

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2005-06-15 14:56:25

Rodrigues day gecko (Phelsuma edwardnewtoni) is a now extinct diurnal species of geckos. It lived on the island of Rodrigues and typically inhabited forests and dwelt in trees. The Rodrigues day gecko fed on insects and nectar. Scientific synonyms Phelsuma edwardnewtoni VINSON & VINSON 1969 Phelsuma newtoni BOULENGER 1884 Phelsuma edwardnewtoni - KLUGE 1993 Phelsuma edwardnewtoni - RÖSLER 2000: 101 Description This day gecko is now extinct. It was described also as P....

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'