Mussels’ Mighty Grip Inspires Dopamine-Based Glue

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 18, 2007   View Article

The uncanny stickiness of mussels has inspired a brainy new approach to creating a universal adhesive coating, researchers say.

Mussels secrete a complex cocktail of proteins to latch on to just about any surface, explained study co-author Phillip Messersmith, a biomedical engineer at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Frog Inspired Tape Reusable, Doesn’t Lose Grip

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 11, 2007   View Article

The toe pads of tree frogs and crickets have inspired a new supersticky—yet reusable—adhesive, scientists report.

The material is the latest example of a boom in adhesives that take their cues from nature’s greatest clingers: frogs, lizards, and insects.

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