The mystery of how geckos manage to scurry up walls and stick to ceilings may have been solved by scientists.
It seems the little lizards have a network of tiny hairs and pads on their feet which produce electrical attractions that literally glue the animals down.
With millions of the hairs on each foot, the combined attraction of the weak electrical forces allow the gecko to stick to virtually any surface – even polished glass.
Californian researchers believe the reptile’s sticky toes could now help them to develop a novel synthetic adhesive that is both dry and self-cleaning.
If a human hand had the equivalent “sticking power”, it could lift huge weights. “If the hands were maximally attached, we estimate that kind of size would be able to hold about 90 pounds (40 kilos) or so,” Professor Autumn Kellar, one of the researchers in the gecko study, told the BBC.
Freaks me out, up yours gravity.