November 18, 2014 | Corrinne

I reckon the ability to scurry up walls, gecko style, could be handy. We know how geckos do it: tiny hairs on their feet stick to smooth surfaces. The problem is, the stickiness only really works over small areas up to a few centimetres. Human feet are usually a bit bigger than that.

But now scientists have replicated gecko feet at human scales. They used special springs to stick artificial gecko hairs to foot-sized plates. The springs even out the load across the plate surface, so much bigger creatures can climb walls. Fancy having a go?

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Using the gecko-inspired plates, a 70 kg man was able to climb 3.6 metres up a glass wall.

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