Gecko Locomotion What Goes Up Must Come Down

Gecko Locomotion: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Provided by Iqbal Pittalwala, University of California - Riverside Biologists at UC Riverside show that geckos alter foot orientation during downhill locomotion Found in warm regions of the world, geckos are extremely capable of climbing up...

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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...

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,...

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...

2011-06-29 06:45:00

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tec-Masters, Inc. (TMI) has been awarded a $24.8M five-year contract to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) support to the Fires Center of Excellence at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. This is the fourth consecutive competitive contract award to TMI (previous awards: 1991; 1997; and 2003). This award is confirmation of understanding our customer and outstanding past performance. TMI's Fires Division, located in Lawton, Oklahoma,...

2011-04-05 17:49:43

Beetle foot pads may inspire novel man-made adhesives The arrays of fine adhesive hairs or "Ëœsetae' on the foot pads of many insects, lizards and spiders give them the ability to climb almost any natural surface. Research by James Bullock and Walter Federle from the University of Cambridge in England found that the different forces required to peel away these adhesive hairs from surfaces are what allows beetles to adhere to diverse surfaces, thereby reducing the risk of...

2010-10-16 09:30:00

Humidity softens setae to tighten gecko's gripHuman adhesives are famed for their fallibility. Gooey glues soon lose their grip, are easily contaminated and leave residues behind. But not gecko feet. Geckos can cling on repeatedly to the smoothest surfaces thanks to the self-cleaning microscopic spatula-shaped hairs (setae) that coat the soles of their feet. Back in 2002, Kellar Autumn found that these dry hairs are in such intimate contact with surfaces that the reptiles 'glue' themselves on...

2010-09-08 15:46:00

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd., a leading small business provider of technical and management support services for government clients announced today that it has been awarded a "Contract for Space and Missile Capabilities (CSMC)" ID/IQ Contract by the US Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Peterson AFB, CO. Under this contract, which has a ceiling value of $450 million, Odyssey will provide a broad range of Advisory and Assistance Services...

2010-08-26 11:20:00

The science behind gecko toes holds the answer to a dry adhesive that provides an ideal grip for robot feet. Stanford mechanical engineer Mark Cutkosky is using the new material, based on the structure of a gecko foot, to keep his robots climbing. A Stanford mechanical engineer is using the biology of a gecko's sticky foot to create a robot that climbs. In the same way the small reptile can scale a wall of slick glass, the Stickybot can climb smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the intricate...

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Holarchaea novaeseelandiae
2014-04-07 13:00:17

Holarchaea novaeseelandiae is one of only two described species in the genus Holarchaea and is native to New Zealand. This spider is very small at less than 1.5 millimeters long. It is shiny black, brown, olive, or beige in color. The head region is clearly distinguished, features eight eyes, and a few setae. It occurs only in the forests of New Zealand. It lives in humid environments and has been found on moss, ferns, and plant litter. Image Caption: adult Holarchaea sp. from New...

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