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Carbon nanotube tape stays sticky in extreme temperatures

July 11, 2019

In very hot or cold environments, conventional tape can lose its stickiness and leave behind an annoying residue.…
The science behind Spider-Man’s superpowers

June 27, 2019

The summer movie season is already in full swing, with “Avengers: Endgame” already earning more than $2.7 billion…
Superstrong, Reversible Adhesive That Works Like Snail Slime

June 18, 2019

If you’ve ever pressed a picture-hanging strip onto the wall only to realize it’s slightly off-center, you know…
Is your furniture putting you at risk for cancer? Underwater glue is a safe solution

September 10, 2018

Unique, toxin-free adhesive system, inspired from underwater creatures, has been developed by Purdue University researchers. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.…
Silk-like sequences shape barnacles’ permanent adhesive; produce sticky, durable bond

January 30, 2017

A new study published in Scientific Reports shows how barnacles borrow design cues from insect silks to produce…
Researchers lead £4M EU project to develop adhesive-free engineered wood products

January 23, 2017

University of Liverpool researchers are leading a £4M EU project to minimise the use of toxic adhesives in…
How Gecko Feet Got Sticky

September 30, 2016

How do key innovations in the animal kingdom arise? To explore this question, gecko expert Timothy Higham, an…
Switch and stick

May 19, 2016

Some adhesives may soon have a metallic sheen and be particularly easy to unstick. Researchers at the Max…
Cling-On Warriors

February 4, 2016

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has taken strides in the development of an underwater…
Why Spiderman can’t exist: Geckos are ‘size limit’ for sticking to walls

January 19, 2016

Latest research reveals why geckos are the largest animals able to scale smooth vertical walls – even larger…
Stickiness: More Complicated Than We Thought

December 10, 2015

The Post-it notes that line your computer monitor may seem pretty commonplace, but it turns out that there’s…
A Sticky Breakthrough

November 25, 2015

In an important step toward creating a practical underwater glue, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have designed a…
Hydrogel superglue is 90 percent water

November 12, 2015

Nature has developed innovative ways to solve a sticky challenge: Mussels and barnacles stubbornly glue themselves to cliff…
How the stick insect sticks (and unsticks) itself

October 7, 2015

New research shows the fluid found on insects’ feet does not help them adhere to vertical and inverted…
Spinoff Releases Gecko-Inspired Adhesive

August 25, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University spinoff nanoGriptech has announced the launch of Setex™, the first commercially available gecko-inspired adhesive. Because…
Gecko Grippers Moving On Up

August 13, 2015

A piece of tape can only be used a few times before the adhesion wears off and it…
A Sticky Situation

August 7, 2015

Wet adhesion is a true engineering challenge. Marine animals such as mussels, oysters and barnacles are naturally equipped with…
Researchers Develop a New Type of Gecko-like Gripper

June 16, 2015

Picking things up and putting them down is a mainstay of any kind of manufacturing, but fingers, human…
Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight

December 31, 2014

There are no garbage trucks equipped to leave the atmosphere and pick up debris floating around the Earth.…
Versatile bonding for lightweight components

November 4, 2014

New materials are making cars, planes and all sorts of other things lighter. The catch is that many…
Sticky business: bonding ultrastable space missions

October 14, 2014

A new ultrastable adhesive identified through ESA research could be a key to assembling rock-solid structures for space,…
Engineered proteins stick like glue — even in water

September 22, 2014

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship…
New research reveals how bonded materials, from airplane wings to dental crowns, lose their bonding

August 5, 2014

Materials that are firmly bonded together with epoxy and other tough adhesives are ubiquitous in modern life —…
DARPA Z-Man Program Demonstrates Human Climbing Like Geckos

June 9, 2014

DARPA’s Z-Man program has demonstrated the first known human climbing of a glass wall using climbing devices inspired by geckos.…
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