AMHERST, Mass. – Geckskin, a super–strong adhesive device developed by University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall, has been named one of the top five science breakthroughs of 2012 by CNN Money.
The lizards have gained and lost adhesive toes many times Who wouldn’t envy the little gecko as it dashes up a smooth wall or hangs from a ceiling by a toe? An engineer’s dream, gecko feet combine the best of … Continue reading →
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A floating weed that clogs waterways around the world has at least one redeeming feature: It’s inspired a high-tech waterproof coating intended for boats and submarines. The Brazilian fern Salvinia molesta has proliferated around the Americas and … Continue reading →