I first heard about the gecko’s amazing toes from Polypedal Prof. Full at TED. They can hang from perfectly smooth glass, wet or dry, and support their body weight with one toe touching. But the toes are not sticky; they can also climb those surfaces at a meter per second.
The nanostructured hairs at the tip of the gecko’s toes exploit the weak Van der Waals bonds at the molecular scale. It’s geometry, not surface chemistry that gives them adhesion… and inspires new designs for glue. (more info)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.