Will “Gecko Tape” Let Humans Climb Walls?

Humans may someday be able to scuttle up walls, scamper across ceilings, and scurry out windows with the agility of a startled gecko in the tropical night–thanks to a new adhesive tape that mimics the lizard’s sticky feet.

“Geckoman is less than science fiction these days,” said Andre Geim, a physicist at the University of Manchester, England, who is part of a team that overcame considerable engineering challenges to produce the first synthetic “gecko tape.”