Be a superhero. But not quite yet…

So you’ve seen small lizards run straight up a vertical surface, right?

Now researchers at a uni in the US have created a synthetic material that might allow humans to do the same! By mimicing the structure of the fine hairs found on the bottom of gecko’s feet, they’ve created a material that can adhere to surfaces and pull off again without leaving any residue behind, and hold a huge amount of weight at the same time. Imagine gloves made of this stuff – you’d never drop a catch in cricket or fumble a football again.

And suddenly we could all be like Spider-Man.


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