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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...

The Evolution Of Sticky Feet
2012-06-28 13:14:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Aside from having a knack for selling auto insurance, geckos have also developed ℠sticky´ foot pads several times throughout their evolution that give them another ability, the scaling of smooth walls and ceilings to escape predators and find prey. A new study published in the most recent edition of PLoS ONE said that changes in habitat have caused geckos to gain and lost these exceptional adhesive structures several times...

2012-06-23 23:00:16

Grey Gecko Press Announces Fan-Focused Perks for its 30-day IndieGoGo Campaign Katy, TX (PRWEB) June 22, 2012 Independent publisher Grey Gecko Press has launched a 30-day IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to provide operating capital in order to sign 25 new authors by 2014. Campaign contributors will receive exclusive perks such as author appearances, edited manuscripts, free books for up to five years, being thanked on the copyright page of an upcoming book, having a 'guest appearance' in a...

Gecko Foot Hair Could Lead To Self-Cleaning Adhesive Solutions
2012-06-23 06:52:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Researchers, studying the self-cleaning and reusable capabilities of a gecko´s foot hair, have speculated how commonly-used sticky substances could benefit from the animal´s natural adhesive properties. Publishing their work in the June 13 issue of Interface, the Journal of the Royal Society, University of Akron mechanical engineering student Shihao Hu, and recent UA biology graduate Stephanie Lopez-Chueng of Keiser University in Tampa,...

2012-05-29 23:03:42

Third Annual Reptile Rally for Enthusiasts and Squeamish Alike San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012 Don´t scale back when it comes to cold-blooded critters this summer. In fact, it´s time to celebrate their unique physique during Petco´s Third Annual Reptile Rally! On June 2 and 3, 2012, reptile enthusiasts will have a chance to show off their pals´ scaly skills in a Cold-Blooded Beauty Contest. For those who still get the “willies”, there will be a hands-on...

Bumblebee Gecko Discovered In Papua New Guinea
2012-04-20 04:43:34

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a new species of gecko has been discovered in Papua New Guinea. Dressed in black and yellow stripes, biologists from the Papua New Guinea National Museum say the gecko resembles a bumblebee. Its unique coloring and rows of skin nodules act as camouflage for the gecko who lives on the forest floor. According to the survey, specimens of the new lizard measure about 5 inches long from head to tail. Specimens were captured in 2010 in Sohoniliu...

Image 1 - Super-Adhesive Material Inspired By Gecko Feet
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...

2012-01-11 08:00:00

Petco is hosting their monthly “Meet the Critters” event January 14-15, 2012, which is themed “My First Pet”. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2012 Who can forget their very first pet? Whether it was a dog, cat or goldfish, the memory of caring for and playing with a beloved first pet is not easily forgotten. On January 14 — 15, 2012 from 1 — 2pm, Petco is hosting their monthly “Meet the Critters” event which is themed “My First...

Gecko-inspired Tank Robot
2011-11-01 09:55:38

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers have developed a tank-like robot that has the ability to scale smooth walls, opening up a series of applications ranging from inspecting pipes, buildings, aircraft and nuclear power plants to deployment in search and rescue operations. Their study, published today, 1 November, in IOP Publishing's journal Smart Materials and Structures, is the first to apply this unique, bioinspired material to a robot that operates in a tank-like manner. This method...


Latest Gekkonidae Reference Libraries

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2007-01-02 11:23:56

The African fat-tailed gecko, Hemitheconyx caudicinctus, is a nocturnal, ground-dwelling gecko from the subfamily Eublepharinae. They are found in West Africa, from Senegal to Cameroon. Their habitat is dry and arid, although they will spend most of their time in a dark, humid hiding area. Adult male geckos are from 8 to 10 inches long, and females 6 to 8 inches long. They will generally live from 15 to 20 years. The normal coloring is brown and tan stripes, with a possible white stripe...

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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 14:20:39

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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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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