Springs bring gecko stickiness to human scale

Climbing glass walls, grabbing space junk get easier with aid from alloy

WALL WALKER  Stanford researcher Elliot W. Hawkes, at 70 kilograms, scales a 3.6-meter-high glass wall with gecko-inspired adhesive pads rigged with special stretchy tendons. 

Eric Eason

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Life

From the Nature Index

Paid Content