DailyDirt: Bio-Inspired Superglue

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When you need some good ideas for solving a problem, sometimes nature already has an answer. For example, the original idea for what became Velcro, the hook-and-loop fastener, was inspired by the burrs of the burdock plant which tend to stick easily to fur and clothing. Here are a few other examples of some very sticky adhesives that were inspired by nature. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Pixelation, Mar 26th, 2012 @ 10:34pm


    "To attach itself to human cells, the Streptococcus pyogenes bacterium uses thin hairs made up of a protein with a 3D structure stabilized by a very strong intramolecular isopeptide bond that can survive boiling in detergent and strong acids."

    Just when I was thinking we could boil people in detergent and strong acids to remove those pesky bacterium. Damn!

    Hmmm, maybe powerful microwaves...

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    Pixelation, Mar 26th, 2012 @ 10:36pm

    "The Geckskin is only about the size of an index card, but it can support a maximum weight of about 700 pounds. It can hold a 42-inch flat screen TV to a wall"

    Fraternity hazing is about to get interesting.

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    Pixelation, Mar 26th, 2012 @ 10:38pm

    "Mussels, barnacles, and tubeworms are providing the inspiration for future medical adhesives."

    Already been done. Pirates of the Caribbean.

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    Michael Ho (profile), Mar 27th, 2012 @ 3:11am


    David Letterman has done a few full-body velcro stunts... and there are a bunch of people working on "geckoman" stuff so that people can climb walls like spiderman.
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/02/pentagon-researchers-create-spider-man-gadgetry- for-real-life-wall-crawlers/

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    Pixelation, Mar 27th, 2012 @ 8:38am

    Re: Re:

    I watched the Letterman Velcro stunts. Pretty funny.

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