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Study solves mystery of how geckos walk on water

December 10, 2018

It’s official, the humble gecko is the Maserati of reptiles. Despite being just a few centimetres long, the…
Acrobatic geckos can even race on water’s surface

December 7, 2018

Geckos are renowned for their acrobatic feats on land and in the air, but a new discovery that…
NIST Takes (Some of) the Stress Out of Engineering New Materials

November 17, 2015

Stress: What does it feel like to you? Maybe like pressure from multiple directions, trying to push and…
Scientists control surface tension to manipulate liquid metals

September 16, 2014

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for controlling the surface tension of liquid metals…
New analytical technology reveals ‘nanomechanical’ surface traits

August 29, 2014

A new research platform uses a laser to measure the “nanomechanical” properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and…
How a wrinkle becomes a crease

June 26, 2014

Kyung-Suk Kim and Mazen Diab have worked out the mathematics of how wrinkles form in solid materials under…
Minimal surfaces, maximal impact

June 4, 2014

It’s something children do every day when blowing bubbles: Stick a circular wire in a pot of soapy…
Water droplets prefer the soft touch

June 26, 2013

Researchers have found a way to drive water droplets along a flat surface without applying heat, chemicals, electricity,…
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