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Insects deploy sticky feet with precision

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10:38am, May 30, 2001

Some insects can hold an object 100 times heavier than they are–and they can do it while hanging upside down. For ants and bees, the secret to this power resides in adhesive footpads that clamp down tight and hold on to a smooth surface. But for years, scientists have wondered how these insects keep from tripping over their own sticky feet.

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