Magic Toes

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Found a clutch of these cute little fellows up inside a yellow street lamp, a great place to catch insects navigating by the moon.

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)

Cico007, Jeff Clow, Yohei Yamashita, and 99 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. glpease 91 months ago | reply

    Outstanding!

  2. Donna62 90 months ago | reply

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  3. schoschie 88 months ago | reply

    Very cute.
    Also, »the 2-second timer to remove shutter press shake...« – that is a great idea. Why didn't I come up with this? Thanks!

  4. melcir.meri 86 months ago | reply

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  5. LA Lassie 85 months ago | reply

    Ostrich
    I saw this great photograph
    in the QEMD "Finch" Group

  6. LA Lassie 85 months ago | reply

    "CONGRATULATIONS - TO YOU !"
    From the QEMD "Finch" Group

    evening - mandarin duck reflection

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    in the Best Viewed on Large Thread
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  7. Beadmobile 85 months ago | reply

    Too Cool Macro.

  8. peterbox 83 months ago | reply

    Incredible beautiful shot! Congratulations

  9. schoschie 83 months ago | reply

    Did I mention he's cute? The gecko is teh cute.
    (Excellent photo as well.)

  10. Shakir's Photography 81 months ago | reply

    Love your picture!

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  11. maarusss 80 months ago | reply

    esaaa cosaaaaaaa
    woooooooow

  12. C is for C Monster 80 months ago | reply

    beautiful. i used to keep a pair of geckos. they're amazing pets

  13. melcir.meri 78 months ago | reply

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  15. rubinphoto [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    Outstanding picture I must say!!!

  16. paulmcdee 74 months ago | reply

    I love the detail n the textures. They have amazing eyes, and the texture of your skin works great against his own!

  17. hardeep.singh 72 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called HS Likes, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  18. photoman356 69 months ago | reply

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  19. PuppiesAreProzac 68 months ago | reply

    Love it! We've selected your photo to feature at Puppies Are Prozac with prominent photographer attribution. We'll add a dose of humor and post it soon! Thanks for offering the CC license.

  20. limesphotography 62 months ago | reply

    Wow this thing is so freakin awesome! nice find!

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