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Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae

Geckos' hairy grip inspires adhesive research.

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  1. Autumn, K. et al. Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online, doi:10.1073/pnas.192252799 (2002).

  2. Autumn, K. et al. Adhesive force of a single gecko foot-hair. Nature 405, 681 - 685 (2000).

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