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2009-05-08 12:50:01

The way nocturnal geckos perceive color could lead to better cameras and contact lenses, researchers in Sweden said. The geckos are among the very few creatures able to see color at night, said Lina Roth, a researcher at the Lund University. The key to the exceptional vision is a series of distinct concentric zones of varying refractive powers, Roth and her team said in a study published Friday by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. The gecko's multifocal optical system...

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2009-05-08 08:48:03

Nocturnal geckos are among the very few living creatures able to see colors at night, and scientists' discovery of series of distinct concentric zones may lead to insight into better cameras and contact lenses. The key to the exceptional night vision of the nocturnal helmet gecko is a series of distinct concentric zones of different refractive powers, according to a study published in the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology's peer-reviewed, online Journal of Vision. This...

2009-01-20 15:06:22

A British family said a 4-inch lizard they discovered hiding among broccoli purchased at the grocery store has become a beloved member of the family. Paula Walsh said she and her partner, Jez Allen, decided to keep the gecko after Walsh's daughter discovered it among the broccoli after they returned to their Meole Brace, England, home from supermarket Tesco, the BBC reported My daughter had been cutting the broccoli for lunch when she screamed, 'Mum come quick, come quick -- there's...

2008-11-19 15:56:29

Scholars in the Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering (IBSS), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) used a three-dimensional locomotion video-recording and measuring system to observe and measure the angular rotation of joints in gecko's limbs when they were running on horizontal floor and climbing on vertical wall. This work helps us to understand gecko's locomotion from the view point of angle change of joints and to provide a direct...

2008-10-02 03:00:25

By Buden, Donald W Abstract: Eleven species of reptiles are reported from Nauru in the first systematic treatment of the herpetofauna. Four of the species are marine; the seven others include six lizards (four geckos, two skinks) and one snake. Gehyra mutilata (Wiegman), G. oceanica (Lesson), Pelamis platura (Linnaeus), and Ramphotyphlops braminus (Daudin) are recorded on Nauru for the first time. With the exception of Emoia arnoensis Brown & Marshall, which is endemic to eastern...

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2008-09-11 15:34:07

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are continuing their march toward creating a synthetic, gecko-like adhesive, one sticky step at a time. Their latest milestone is the first adhesive that cleans itself after each use without the need for water or chemicals, much like the remarkable hairs found on the gecko lizard's toes. "It brings us closer to being able to build truly all-terrain robots, which will in the future be able to scamper up walls and across ceilings in...

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2008-05-22 13:25:00

Discovery has implications for technology and the environmentResearchers at the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History and Pennsylvania's Villanova University have discovered a new family of gecko, the charismatic large-eyed lizard popularized by car insurance commercials.Scientists have long been interested in geckos and their evolution because they are key biodiversity indicators and are found on nearly every continent. Researchers are also interested in the gecko because...

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2008-03-18 00:00:00

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- After the next big earthquake hits the Bay Area, emergency responders may have the superhero-like skills of the gecko to thank for keeping them safe from collapsing buildings as they try to find survivors. Robots inspired by the gecko's multi-purpose tail and incredible sticky feet could be the first ones to explore the unstable, potentially dangerous rubble in search of life, saving time and the lives of rescuers. "They could at least tell them where there 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...

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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...


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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