Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sticky but Not Clingy - What Frogs can Teach us?

No, we are not talking about human relationships - or at least the researchers at IIT Kanpur have not figured that out yet. The CNet News reports:

Inspired by the toe pads of tree frogs and crickets, researchers in India have created a form of sticky coating that is both strong and reusable.
When conventional adhesive tape is pulled off a surface, cracks form on the tape, which also picks up dust and other particles, quickly losing its stickiness.

Writing in the journal Science, the researchers described how the toe pads of tree frogs contain "microscopic channel patterns" that stop cracks from forming.

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to my friends from IIT Kanpur (Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur).

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