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CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
A tennis shoe provided with hooks and loops fasteners. This system was devised in 1951 by the Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral who was inspired by the fruits of a thistle. These attach themselves to the hairs of any passing animal by means of hooked spikes. A hooks and loops fastener consists of two ribbons: one is covered with microscopic loops and the other with minuscule plastic hooks. A brief contact between the two ribbons causes the two surfaces to become firmly attached. B787/269 which shows the fruit of a thistle).
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