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Mimicking Gecko Grippers
Hugh Bollinger

Mimicking Gecko Grippers

Gecko feet grippers on glass  (credit: Wiki-commons)

Over millions of eons, evolution-tailored adaptations appeared in environments everywhere on Earth. Engineers are now trying to adapt some of the most successful results by applying bio-mimicry as design guides. Investigators at the CalTech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are looking closely at the feet of geckos. The lizards that can climb upside down and on any surface, so the JPL designers are working to tailor their new Gecko Gripper robots to crawl over difficult surfaces on Mars or anywhere else needed.
It is called Crazy Engineering at the lab but it is also very intelligent. WHB

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