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Gecko foot C014 / 0258

Gecko foot. Close-up of the foot of a New Caledonian crested gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus), showing the adhesive lamellae (ridges). Gecko feet use very small subdivided filaments on the lamellae to bond with surfaces at the molecular level using Van Der Waals forces. Every square millimetre of a geckos footpad contains about 14, 000 hair-like setae, each of which is tipped with between 100 and 1000 spatulae. Their structure has inspired scientists such as Dr. Autumn Kellar to adapt the structure for robotic designs. Gecko feet have the property of being self cleaning and very adhesive, without leaving any residue. The grip is so strong that geckos have to disengage their feet by curling their toes backwards, much like tape being peeled off

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Adhesive Application Applications Bioengineering Biotech Biotechnological Biotechnology Foot Grip Lamella Lamellae Lizard Material Materials Science Melanesia Melanesian Oceania Pads Reptile Reptilian Sticky Strong Toes Underside Van Der Waals New Caledonian Crested Gecko Oceanian Rhacodactylus Ciliatus


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This print showcases the intricate details of a Gecko foot, specifically belonging to a New Caledonian crested gecko. The close-up shot reveals the adhesive lamellae, which are responsible for the gecko's remarkable ability to cling onto surfaces using Van Der Waals forces at a molecular level. It is fascinating to learn that every square millimeter of their footpad contains an astonishing 14,000 hair-like setae, each tipped with hundreds to thousands of spatulae. The unique structure and functionality of gecko feet have not only captivated nature enthusiasts but also inspired scientists like Dr. Autumn Kellar in their quest for innovative robotic designs. These feet possess self-cleaning properties and exceptional adhesion without leaving any residue behind. Such gripping power is so strong that geckos must curl their toes backward to disengage them from surfaces, reminiscent of peeling tape off. In this black background photograph, we witness the convergence between nature and technology as we explore the industrial applications derived from studying these reptilian marvels. The image highlights how biotechnological advancements draw inspiration from natural structures like gecko feet. With its rich array of keywords encompassing zoology, materials science, bioengineering, and more, this visually striking print offers a glimpse into the world where biology meets innovation. It serves as a reminder that even in our technological pursuits, there is much wisdom waiting to be discovered within the realm of fauna and its extraordinary adaptations.

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