News tagged with adhesives

Remoras don't suck

How does the hitchhiking, flat-headed remora fish attach to surfaces so securely yet release so easily? Suction was thought to be the easy answer, but Brooke Flammang, a biologist at the New Jersey Institute ...

dateFeb 12, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Researchers electrify polymerization

Scientists led by Carnegie Mellon University chemist Krzysztof Matyjaszewski are using electricity from a battery to drive atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a widely used method of creating industrial plastics. ...

dateMar 31, 2011 in Polymers
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Adhesion at 180,000 frames per second

Adhesion is an extremely important factor in living nature: insects can climb up walls, plants can twine up them, and cells are able to adhere to surfaces. During evolution, many of them developed mushroom-shaped ...

dateOct 14, 2013 in Materials Science
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What goes up must come down

Found in warm regions of the world, geckos are extremely capable of climbing up steep, smooth surfaces. To do so, they employ an adhesive system – a key evolutionary innovation that facilitates climbing ...

dateOct 14, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems

Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk—this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially ...

dateMay 16, 2014 in Polymers
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