Imagine – tape so strong it can hold your weight AND be peeled off thousands of times – without losing its stickiness!!
A professor of zoology (in Germany), figured out how to make this last year. He used biomimicry, which is the science of looking to nature for inspiration in the design of new technology.
Over billions of years, living things have evolved through a process of trial and error. We can benefit from studying what does and doesn’t work in nature.
Flies, spiders, beetles and geckos all have feet with hundreds of thousands of tiny hairs that grab surfaces and this allows them to walk on walls and ceilings.
In Pittsburgh Nanogriptech is using the gecko for inspiration. Check it out.
What have you noticed ‘cool’ in nature that you think we could learn from?