Gecko Foot Pads

Gecko Foot Pads

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Credit: EDWARD KINSMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The toe hairs on a gecko's foot pads. 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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