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Postby slowkidz » Mon Jun 02, 2003 2:00 pm

Scientists defy gravity with 'Spider-Man' gloves
Monday, June 2, 2003 Posted: 2:39 PM EDT (1839 GMT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Move over Spider-Man -- mere mortals may soon be coming to a ceiling near you.

Researchers at the University of Manchester say they have cracked the secret of one of the reptile world's greatest climbers, the gecko, and produced a sticky tape that can mimic the lizard's gravity-defying abilities.

Soon, people could walk on walls like comic-book superhero Spider-Man, the university said.

"The new adhesive -- gecko tape -- contains billions of tiny plastic fibres which are similar to natural hairs covering the soles of geckos' feet," the University said in a statement.

"The research team believes it won't be long before Spider-Man gloves become a reality."

Bob Full of Berkeley University in the U.S., who was also involved, said the technology could be used for handling computer chips and could have applications in medicine.

Plans are under way to produce larger pads and to improve the tape's durability, said the journal Nature Materials, which published the paper. But the University said cost was currently prohibitive.

"We have considered producing a large amount of gecko tape, sufficient amounts to enable a student to hang out of the window of a tall building," it said. "However it would cost too much money, and would not benefit us scientifically."
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Postby Homeless » Mon Jun 02, 2003 2:11 pm

See they go and get your hopes up with a headline that reads spiderman gloves a reality, then they knock ya down and say its way to pricey.

I would need 3 gloves, one for each hand and one for my beer gut, if I was to hang off a ceiling that is :-)
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Mon Jun 02, 2003 5:29 pm

If I'm gonna hang from the ceiling with both my hands, what am I gonna hold my beer with? :-B

Sounds like they need to rethink this idea
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Postby Roseman » Tue Jun 03, 2003 9:48 am

DieHardCubbie wrote:If I'm gonna hang from the ceiling with both my hands, what am I gonna hold my beer with? :-B

Sounds like they need to rethink this idea


DHC I dont think you are thinking outside of the Box. You should get one of those Beer Helmuts!!!! You can hang and drink sounds like a fun time!!![/quote]
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Postby Nero » Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:32 am

if people start buying this thing you'll see more fantasy teams named the "spiders" than all other names combined
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Tue Jun 03, 2003 8:14 pm

OK, I tried this hanging upside down and drinking BEER.

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It Didn't work out as well as you guys lead me to believe :-B
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Postby Nero » Tue Jun 03, 2003 8:25 pm

if at first you don't succeed....try it with your mouth open for a real rush
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Postby slowkidz » Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:32 pm

lol

kinda like an "Extreme Keg Stand"!!!! :-B
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