Gecko toe hairs, SEM

Gecko toe hairs, SEM

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Caption: Gecko toe hairs. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of hairs, or setae, from a gecko's (family Gekkonidae) toe. These hairs enable the gecko to cling to smooth surfaces by taking advantage of weak intermolecular forces, known as Van der Waals forces.

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