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Super Adhesive Inspired by a Reptile

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) – The idea came from observing a gecko. “Geckskin,” created by researchers at UMass can hold up to 700 pounds.  The research team developed the product over three years using only a rubbery substance and fabrics found at everyday crafts stores.

“This stuff is for real,” said Professor Al Crosby who says people are shocked to find out how simple this was to make.

Researchers around the world have worked for years to create a similar product, but the secret to the Geckskin was just to create something by imitating the movement of a lizard.

“What they haven’t taken into account is the biology of the animal,” said researcher Professor Duncan Irschick.  “The anatomy of the animal and the way the animal moves.”

Since word has gotten out about the Geckskin, companies have shown a lot of interest.  The team gets phone call and emails everyday.

“We have a lot of interest going on, we’re pursuing a lot of different avenues.  We think it will be on market pretty soon,” said Crosby.

The material only the size of an index card can hold up a TV, picture frames and more.


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