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Keywords:

  • biomimetics;
  • adhesives;
  • gecko;
  • anisotropy;
  • friction
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Nature has proven to be a tremendous resource in the development of new technologies with exceptional properties. With inspiration taken from the Tokay gecko, N. S. Pesika and co-workers create a bidirectional switchable dry adhesive with properties reminiscent of the natural gecko adhesive pad. On page 574 the researchers demonstrate how their design opens the way for new gecko-like adhesive surfaces and articulation mechanisms that do not rely on intensive nanofabrication.