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(NBC News)   Geckos may use electricity to stick to walls, help lower your car insurance rate   (nbcnews.com) divider line 11
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2014-07-10 08:17:03 AM
I thought it had something to do with Van der Waals force.
 
2014-07-10 11:04:04 AM
they use greed to stick to Wall Street
 
2014-07-10 11:10:38 AM
That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works!
 
2014-07-10 11:18:15 AM
Considering I had never thought much about this until I saw the headline...  I went and looked it up.  Wikipedia already has a pretty thurough entry on how geckos stick to things.

Anyway...  They are really cute, fascinating little creatures.  Except leapard geckos.  They are big and mean.

I remember once, I was in Hawaii (best vacation ever), and I was really amazed at the number of house geckos there were come nightfall.  They were friggin everywhere!
 
2014-07-10 11:25:43 AM
TFA actually has a link to The Friendly Abstract, which states:

In this study, by measuring the magnitude of the electric charges, together with the adhesion forces, that gecko foot pads develop in contact with different materials, we have clarified for the first time that [contact electrification] does contribute effectively to gecko adhesion. More importantly, we have demonstrated that it is the [contact electrification] -driven electrostatic interactions which dictate the strength of gecko adhesion, and not the van der Waals or capillary forces which are conventionally considered as the main source of gecko adhesion.

In other words, everything that you know is wrong.
 
2014-07-10 11:29:06 AM

BalugaJoe: I thought it had something to do with Van der Waals force.


CSB

I copyedited that paper back in my journal editing days.

/CSB
 
2014-07-10 11:40:50 AM
www.pophistorydig.com

I always thought they used slime.
 
2014-07-10 11:42:30 AM

thedumbone: TFA actually has a link to The Friendly Abstract, which states:

In this study, by measuring the magnitude of the electric charges, together with the adhesion forces, that gecko foot pads develop in contact with different materials, we have clarified for the first time that [contact electrification] does contribute effectively to gecko adhesion. More importantly, we have demonstrated that it is the [contact electrification] -driven electrostatic interactions which dictate the strength of gecko adhesion, and not the van der Waals or capillary forces which are conventionally considered as the main source of gecko adhesion.

In other words, everything that you know is wrong.


Everybody knows that.
 
2014-07-10 11:45:07 AM
aw they are just putting that out to see if it sticks....oh yah
 
2014-07-10 12:00:33 PM
 
2014-07-10 01:10:50 PM

sendtodave: thedumbone: TFA actually has a link to The Friendly Abstract, which states:

In this study, by measuring the magnitude of the electric charges, together with the adhesion forces, that gecko foot pads develop in contact with different materials, we have clarified for the first time that [contact electrification] does contribute effectively to gecko adhesion. More importantly, we have demonstrated that it is the [contact electrification] -driven electrostatic interactions which dictate the strength of gecko adhesion, and not the van der Waals or capillary forces which are conventionally considered as the main source of gecko adhesion.

In other words, everything that you know is wrong.

Everybody knows that.


Yeah, well... did you know that one-legged men often do terrible in ass-kicking contests?
 
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