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The Stickiest *Non-Sticky* Substance

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  • NightHawkInLight
    NightHawkInLight Ай бұрын +8268

    Definitely the most impressive gecko tape I've seen. Neat stuff

    • Diana Pennepacker
      Diana Pennepacker Ай бұрын

      I knew it had something to do with geckos when I saw that it worked only under tension. Never knew we made anything close to it. Very interesting stuff.

    • AvengeVoltaire
      AvengeVoltaire Ай бұрын +1


    • the gold
      the gold Ай бұрын

      I don't know how much better this gecko tape is, but I still think that sticky nanotape is better overall since it's more available than this type.

    • TruthHunterHawk
      TruthHunterHawk Ай бұрын

      And why don't people see that this is a brilliantly created mechanism by a brilliantly creative creator? It's obviously so well designed!

    • Nahome Tesfay
      Nahome Tesfay Ай бұрын

      You should check out geck skin. It's also biomimicry but it's based on the relationship between skin and tendons as opposed to skin texture. I honestly don't fully understand it, but it doesn't require microscopic features which should make it easier to produce.

  • David Vazquez
    David Vazquez Ай бұрын +430

    Wow i remember when i was younger, my family didn't have cable so i was stuck watching local TV. One of my favorite shows was on PBS kids called Wild Kratts. These 2 guys taught you all about animals but one of my favorites was the Gecko. The guys in this show had Gecko-inspired suits which i always wanted to be real. This is really making my childhood dreams come true

    • Berry Zhang
      Berry Zhang 14 сағат бұрын

      Ugh I love that show! And this video definitely reminded me of that

    • demonsluger
      demonsluger 3 күн бұрын

      @cjxgraphics show them the old stuff instead.

    • Lalaloopsy Yay
      Lalaloopsy Yay 5 күн бұрын +2

      I had a crush on Chris From wild kratts when I was little lol

    • Jugemu Jugemu Go Ko no Surikire Kaijari Suigyo
      Jugemu Jugemu Go Ko no Surikire Kaijari Suigyo 6 күн бұрын

      Wild kratts was my childhood too! Made me so interested in animals and I research more about them in my free time!

    • Vaxxed Nezuko
      Vaxxed Nezuko 22 күн бұрын +1

      I loved watching Wild Kratts!

  • Jason Doust
    Jason Doust Ай бұрын +242

    I had my equivalent of a Disney moment in my garden a few weeks ago when a gecko landed on the back of my hand. Having the real thing walk across my skin was remarkable. I swear that I could feel the pads of its feet moulding to the profile of my skin and this video kind of confirms that experience. (Beautiful little shimmering speckled beasty!) I let it down gently onto a tussock grass and it went on its way. Biomimetics has much to teach us.

    • East
      East 4 күн бұрын

      @Hzur9887 do you mean Herpetophobia (fear of reptiles) ? Batrachophobia is fear of frogs

    • AloneSitoYT
      AloneSitoYT 19 күн бұрын


    • Chris1848
      Chris1848 23 күн бұрын +1

      What is a Disney moment

    • Hzur9887
      Hzur9887 Ай бұрын +7

      A gecko falling on my hand is my worst nightmare since I have Batrachophobia.

  • h8utubesomuch
    h8utubesomuch Ай бұрын +130

    This is one of the most impressive and incredible things that I’ve seen in a long time.

    • MrBlank
      MrBlank 27 күн бұрын

      hehe nice

  • dpb
    dpb Ай бұрын +65

    Man. This seems so cool and awesome. I can think of actual practical applications this might have and in about 5 years from now, this might be in our lives in ways unimaginable.
    Veritasium is one of my favourite channel on YT.
    Loved the video absolutely!

  • Ekansh Gupta
    Ekansh Gupta Ай бұрын +18

    I've always thought that wander walls forces are very weak. I knew that it acted between the atomic sheets of graphite and holds the entire thing together but after seeing this video I think completely different about this amazing force which could handle sheer strength.
    Imagine how much strong it would be if we were to replicate it exactly like that of a gecko has!

    • Ekansh Gupta
      Ekansh Gupta Ай бұрын +1

      @Florian Ambach oh! Thanks! 😊

    • Florian Ambach
      Florian Ambach Ай бұрын +6

      Just for clarification all forces between partial charged atoms are called van der waals forces what he is specifically referring to is called London dispersion forces

  • bdmlstanford
    bdmlstanford Ай бұрын +5160

    Thanks so much to Derek and team for visiting our lab! This was a great video on our gecko-inspired adhesives, and the best explanation yet of Van der Waals forces.

    • Student
      Student 13 күн бұрын

      Still no idea how Vander waals forces which are supposed to be the weakest forces are able to life heavy stuff like that. Like polar molecular solids are held together by dipole induced dipole attraction forces as well and they're soft and here I'm seeing vander waal forces lift heavy stuff. These two things don't go along.

    • Gpolice
      Gpolice 16 күн бұрын

      When can I get a Spiderman suit on Amazon?

    • tiedye hobo
      tiedye hobo Ай бұрын

      @Sumcrab your talking to yourself, this guy isn't gonna read this comment.

    • tiedye hobo
      tiedye hobo Ай бұрын

      He didn't even acknowledge you , how nice he is.

    • Sep G
      Sep G Ай бұрын

      @-Dash. I think so, i think everything wears down when used mechanically. Geckos have the advantage of being alive, and so generate new skin.

  • Ryan Bee
    Ryan Bee Ай бұрын +23

    I remember watching a seminar on this topic during my UCSB freshman chemical engineering orientation tour in 2009. Crazy to see the early research I learned about coming to fruition 14 years later.

    BM0NNZY Ай бұрын +71

    Very interesting that the gecko evolved into having those nano structures. So so fascinating

    • Znail
      Znail 4 күн бұрын

      @Rick OConnell You not knowing how something happened does not prove God did it.

    • John Casey
      John Casey Ай бұрын +2

      ​@Choas_Lord_512 um could you explain why then? I suppose I'm a braindead layman cause I don't really get what was incorrect about my explanation. There's all sorts of different stuff I didn't mention but at least in asexual single celled organisms what was wrong with my explanation? Also I don't think I ever claimed mutations act as an upgrade, my comment specifically says that mutations aren't good or bad, just changes which can influence the fitness of organisms, and that sometimes those changes increase the fitness of offspring.
      edit: also mutations often come with both benefits and drawbacks, (though mostly drawbacks), but occasionally those drawbacks aren't enough to counterbalance the benefits
      edit again: even in single celled asexual organisms there's sometimes other mechanisms at play but the fundamental idea remains the same: source of randomness + environmental pressure = gradual change to fit the environment in offspring

    • Janne Laitinen
      Janne Laitinen Ай бұрын

      @Choas_Lord_512 How does changes happen if they're not mutations? When you hear word "mutation" you're thinking about TMNT or something where chemical causes changes. Was eye created by your fairytale god or was it developed through changes (mutations) throughout generations?

  • Zachary O'Hare
    Zachary O'Hare Ай бұрын +15

    Amazing. Definitely want to see some climbing- but definitely as equally interested in real commercial uses- there's definitely applications in emergency self rescue type stuff- but what about something like picking up a car or a windshield? I love the idea of conveyers/sprag type deals. This is neat stuff. even just as a tape to stick to itself in a strip- in theory it could be used to wrap things, and then be released by a brief pulsed torsional shock.

  • cjxgraphics
    cjxgraphics Ай бұрын +16

    I really thought those little ridges would be going the other direction, and gripping into whatever they were holding! But this is even more interesting. Looking forward to where this tech could lead in a few years/decades!

    VIKTOR BIHAR Ай бұрын +3

    Incredible how far ahead nature is at every corner.

  • FeeshUnofficial
    FeeshUnofficial Ай бұрын +1783

    I remember years ago as a young teen reading in a science magazine that someone was developing this. It's so cool to actually learn about the progress

    • RealNameNeverUsed
      RealNameNeverUsed Ай бұрын

      @ArrKayCee I remembered similar thing about 3D printer. Now we got a youtube channel called Unnecesary Inventions

    • FeeshUnofficial
      FeeshUnofficial Ай бұрын

      @kai loves kitties aerogel is so expensive, it really is a shame

    • kai loves kitties
      kai loves kitties Ай бұрын +2

      When I was between 8-10ish, I got a children’s science magazine and I clearly remember it talking about how someday there would be self-healing plastic, and how we’d be able to print physical objects, and how a material was being developed that could protect a rose from a blowtorch with just a thin layer.
      Now, about 20 years later, if I bought a piece of aerogel (which is amazingly something one can do for about $50), I would have all three of those inventions in my home.

    • Thunderbolt Wisdom
      Thunderbolt Wisdom Ай бұрын +4

      Same here. I watched a feature on this subject and always kept an eye out for gecko related subjects. It's great to see their achievements now.

  • Kiran Ghadge
    Kiran Ghadge 13 күн бұрын +3

    Back in march 2015 I happened to walk into Mark Cutkosky's lab and talked to him. I saw some students playing with a heap of plastic geckos next to a wall panel. Now I know what he was up to then.

  • BlackDragonBE
    BlackDragonBE 6 күн бұрын

    Incredible. This has been one of the most fascinating videos I've seen in a long time. Imagine all the things we can do with that gecko tape! I wonder when we'll be able to buy it, I'd love to do some experimenting.

  • Lance Soto
    Lance Soto Ай бұрын +5

    Bro you know your science that's for sure. You're incredibly entertaining to listen to. I love science but I'll be the first one to say I wish I had made it a bigger part of my life.

  • Matthew
    Matthew Ай бұрын +23

    The way the short for this video is being used is the best way I’ve ever seen a short being used. Basically a sample of the first part of the video, instead of some 1/30 part short compilation. Would be great if all KZcliprs did it this way.

  • IStayHighI
    IStayHighI 2 күн бұрын

    Man I remember when I first got my gecko I was amazed with his sticky non sticky hands haha. Crazy how we have to work so hard to creat something like this while we have animals that are born with it. Amazing stuff

  • Voidlighter
    Voidlighter Ай бұрын +1290

    I'm blown away by how Vertiasium finds such fascinating topics all the time. I love so much learning fun things like this!

    • Jakub Krąkowski
      Jakub Krąkowski Ай бұрын

      yeah but his clickbaits are annoying

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      Ku龜。Tâibûn台文 Ай бұрын


    • Liam Sweeney
      Liam Sweeney Ай бұрын +1

      Literally just read a science journal once a month.

    • Flo
      Flo Ай бұрын

      I bet the requests he gets weekly are in the hundreds

    • lw56
      lw56 Ай бұрын

      Vertiasium.... you mean veritasium?

  • Samir Sattar
    Samir Sattar Ай бұрын +11

    This is one of the most impressive inventions and best videos I've seen in a long time. Great video, thanks Derek and team

  • Dirk Wachter
    Dirk Wachter Ай бұрын +10

    Wow. I wish I had had a chance to get into this kind of mechanical research.
    So fascinating

  • Ale Lion
    Ale Lion Ай бұрын +1

    Pop quiz: Do polar N2O and nonpolar CO2 liquids mix under a pressure chamber even though they have similar densities? If not, what would happen when you tried to make both liquids supercritical in the same chamber? If one were to be very rich and irradiate one of the molecules, N2O, with neutrons, would the density of enriched N2O be greater than normal CO2? Just a few thoughts.

  • dd kk
    dd kk Ай бұрын +7

    This video mentioned the Van der Waals force to explain how tapes shaped like a gecko's one stick to objects, but you can more simply. It's a friction. So another tips you can know here is that friction is a culmination of Van der Waals force, which is the tiniest interaction that particles can have.

    • Student
      Student 13 күн бұрын

      Bruh how the hell Vander waals forces which are supposedly to be the weakest forces in existence pulling so much load

    • dd kk
      dd kk Ай бұрын +1

      @Jace White You foucs on just a different aspect of friction. It is a macroscopic property, so many thing can contribute to. For example, what you mentioned is the interaction between the particles of one side, which is called chemical bonds.
      The point is, even if a surface is perfectly smooth, there will be a friction. Maybe, Veritasium mentioned this ideal friction only, to simplify his explanation.

    • Jace White
      Jace White Ай бұрын

      So your saying regardless of the gravity applied to the object, without the Van DER Waals force there would be no friction? I disagree, if you rub 2 pieces of sand paper together, the resistance you feel is the geometry of the 2 pieces interacting with each other, like interlocking puzzle pieces.

    • Hameem
      Hameem Ай бұрын +1

      But isn't friction also due to the bumps impeding one another?

  • Mark Hutchins
    Mark Hutchins Ай бұрын +2

    Great video! My son has 4 crested geckos and it’s amazing how they stick to and climb on the glass of their enclosure. Their feet feel funny too and it’s always made us wonder how

  • I Love Cats
    I Love Cats Ай бұрын +806

    Idea that a living organism, and somewhat large at that, uses van der waal forces to move is mindblowing

    • Emotionalvideos
      Emotionalvideos 5 күн бұрын

      Clear proof of God, but disbelievers and infidels would still deny

    • Mentlegen
      Mentlegen Ай бұрын +1

      if anyone wants to know its exactly londons dispersion force that makes geckos stick to surfaces

    • Voyajer
      Voyajer Ай бұрын +2

      @Legendendear that's the magic of millions of years of brute forcing a solution to carving out an ecological niche.

    • Anand Sharma
      Anand Sharma Ай бұрын +1

      Never underestimate the consequences of the magnitude of Avogadro's Number.

    • Isaac K
      Isaac K Ай бұрын +1

      @Quinson then what is it

  • ChatZzZ
    ChatZzZ Ай бұрын +7

    Damn. You are the type of channel that inspires me to research nature ( Im studying biotechnology, due to the wonders of nature, which I often learn from these type of channels )

  • Nightmare pokemon
    Nightmare pokemon Ай бұрын +3

    I really hope this gets improved upon cause this would be so useful for many different things. (Like not needing a ladder maybe)
    But also I can't be the only one who has dreamed of climbing like a gecko for fun (or spiderman/xenomorph) xD

  • Stud. Saticson
    Stud. Saticson Ай бұрын +2

    man i myself as a kid researched gecko hands a lot cause i wanted to climb like spider man, this just puts a smile on my face.

  • Karimaru
    Karimaru Ай бұрын +2

    YES! Thank you for this! I’ve been watching for someone to talk about van der waals force! I saw a study from MIT where students actually held up a dictionary with a 1cm^2 square of carbon nanotubes. Super cool tech. Didn’t realized someone had worked van der waals into a tape.

  • Ekansh Gupta
    Ekansh Gupta Ай бұрын +1

    Great video Derek! I have a question though, if you mentioned earlier that if you invert the Apple over then the sticky pad let's the Apple go. Which means that in order to unstick those pads we need to apply force in any direction except that of just the parallel direction, so how do geckos still stick on roofs?

  • Alejandro Escalera
    Alejandro Escalera Ай бұрын +1319

    Hello Derek,
    I have an idea for a video. In chemistry, I learned that in redox reactions, electrons transfer, but it was never quite explained how or why exactly they do it. I would love a video about this process, which I found out is explained using quantum mechanics. That way, I might finally understand how the electrochemical potential table forms and why different organisms are an-/aerobic on a deeper level. If you (not Derek) read this and also wonder how this works, I would appreciate if you could give this comment a push so that Derek sees it.
    Thanks, keep up the good work, and greetings from Switzerland.

    • Alejandro Escalera
      Alejandro Escalera Ай бұрын

      @RonicG Well that's what I also learned but what I want from Derek is a deeper understanding.

    • RonicG
      RonicG Ай бұрын +1

      As far as I know from what I studied, the diffrent values for electric potentials in the table happen because you are measuring the equilibrium metals establish in their respective solutions M2+ + 2e- M
      if the equilibrium lies to the right with respect to the hydrogen electrode it is positive and if it lies to the left negative
      When you have 2 cells connected each half cell is going to have their own particular possition of equilibrium meaning one will oxdise more readily than the other so the predominant reaction of that particular metal with its solution would be M -> M2+ + 2e- since in this half cell more electrons are produced the electrode becomes negative (anode) and thus the other electrode to which it is connected is possitive with respect to the anode and so electrons travel to the cathode, reducing the metals in solution and they are deposited in the cathode the reaction would be M2+ + 2e- -> M for example
      This is a brief summary of what happens and could be explained better and you could go more in detail but I hope this helps you to get an idea of what is happening

    • HARSHIT Joshi
      HARSHIT Joshi Ай бұрын

      Push. I wanna know too

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  • Dmitry Smirnov
    Dmitry Smirnov Ай бұрын +4

    It would be interesting to know more about the material. How resilient is it? How it works on natural surfaces like rocks, leather, cloth? And the most important, where to buy climbing gloves? :)

  • Electric paisy
    Electric paisy Ай бұрын +2

    We talked about this principle in Nanotechnology class, but it's super cool to see it applied to an actual usecase here.

  • Martin Leonhardt
    Martin Leonhardt Ай бұрын +1

    Amazing! Extremely interesting research done there!
    For a long time now I wanted to test that kind of stuff for attaching prosthetics to limbs.
    And yes, please do climb a building with it!

    • nnlark
      nnlark Ай бұрын

      interesting use case!

  • iBridge
    iBridge Ай бұрын +3

    Vertasium never disappoints us with his content!

  • buttery_molala_Ot7
    buttery_molala_Ot7 Ай бұрын

    Hey veritasium I love your videos on such topics and I wanted that you should also make video about the concept of 10% rule of energy transfer in trophic levels thank you

  • MajorMinorGolf
    MajorMinorGolf Ай бұрын +800

    My grandfather has a PhD in zoology and biology. I'll never forget the day when he showed me a scientific journal entry with a picture of this and how fascinating they were to him. He is an ichthyologist, so it wasn't his area of expertise; however, there were always some facts he could add to a situation or story, and how he described that truly humbled me at the time and still does. I credit my grandfather for my curiosity and thank creators like you for making me extremely proud of him, highlighting fascinating things in our universe, and invigorating those who are hungry for more knowledge. Thank you.

    • Andrew N.
      Andrew N. Ай бұрын +1

      @ConservativeRiot Love your passion nice man

    • Alexandrite
      Alexandrite Ай бұрын +1

      @ConservativeRiot I used to be a devout Christian as well. I used to study the Bible quite a lot, and I still go to church every week (not by free will). My perspective changed and I no longer saw the religion the same way I did as a child. I'm now much happier and found a new way to appreciate life, so no need to convince me to go back. Thanks for being respectful, have a great day, just be mindful of where to talk about religion so that people are more willing to listen.

    • ConservativeRiot
      ConservativeRiot Ай бұрын

      @Amritendu Rana oh yeah

    • ConservativeRiot
      ConservativeRiot Ай бұрын

      @Alexandrite I used to be an enemy of God as well. I hope he opens your eyes like He did mine. At least a couple people liked my comment. I can't help but to see God's wonderful design anymore and there's nothing wrong with pointing it out. Thank you, have a wonderful day.

    • Amritendu Rana
      Amritendu Rana Ай бұрын

      @ConservativeRiot nope lol

  • Sabbir S
    Sabbir S Ай бұрын +2

    Richard K Morgan, in Altered Carbon conceptualized a gecko suit which was used by Takeshi Kovacs for covert infiltration....pretty cool to see something like that in action.

  • Dodge Ram
    Dodge Ram Ай бұрын

    Kinda makes me wonder in terms of prosthetics if it could be used to give a better grip feedback. Rather than crushing an object due to mechanical forces. You'd need only a little friction force.

  • NotASpyReally
    NotASpyReally Ай бұрын

    That's so cool. It's amazing how something can be so simple but so complicated to replicate. And to be honest I still don't understand the part where it can pull a car...
    Unrelated, but when I saw the brilliant ad at the end, I realized something obvious: Artificial Intelligence is gonna be a mandatory subject in schools eventually. That's mindblowing to me. I've always postponed learning about neural networks and AI even though I was interested in it. Now, I _know_ I will end up learning how it works eventually, wether I like it or not lol

  • Michael Wong
    Michael Wong Ай бұрын +1

    This is truly amazing!! The more we human know, the more we realize we don't know

  • rk rifat
    rk rifat Ай бұрын +2

    Wow. I wish I had had a chance to get into this kind of mechanical research.
    So fascinating

    • King;Gate
      King;Gate Ай бұрын

      okay just steal someone's comment

  • Virgil Ashruf
    Virgil Ashruf Ай бұрын +545

    I _LOVE_ that you've published this. My nine year old has started a new theme at school this month, called biomimicry... I'm going to show this video to her; she'll love it.

    • TheNewGreenIsBlue
      TheNewGreenIsBlue Ай бұрын

      @6th Wilbury Yeah, I think it depends on the parents, to be honest. I mean, if you are always talking about things you're fascinated with, kids will naturally be attracted to those things as well.
      The "Did you know" kind of facts are super popular with kids and even kids TV shows dance around this topic all the time. We give it a fancy name as an adult, but the idea that inventors design things inspired from the designs of nature isn't a difficult concept to grasp.
      Did you know that the kingfisher's beak inspired the Shinkansen? Did you know that sonar in submarines was an idea that we got from the design of sonar in bats or dolphins? Did you know that those Airplane winglets are inspired by the upturned wings of an Eagle? Did you know that a spider's silk scaled up to 1cm could catch a jumbo jet in flight? Kids books are FILLED with little factoids like that and they have units in school that actually teach it.
      Kids are naturally curious and learn about the world around them literally and so biomimetics is a useful tool OFTEN used by many science teachers... because of the way that children rely on literal interpretations of the world around them to learn as opposed to how adults are able to more easily digest abstract concepts.
      I just don't think it's all that uncommon.

    • 6th Wilbury
      6th Wilbury Ай бұрын

      @TheNewGreenIsBlue I don't doubt they exhibit it, I'm talking about a nine-year-old being interested in it as a concept.

    • Jacob Shirley
      Jacob Shirley Ай бұрын

      @CↃ Because if that was my child, I'd be proud of my child. And want to make them happier. And share the happiness with others, because the world is a slightly better place having known.

    • TheNewGreenIsBlue
      TheNewGreenIsBlue Ай бұрын +5

      @6th Wilbury 9-year olds are very often interested in biomimicry. How could you not be? It's adults that take the amazing designs around us for granted... maybe because they were taught to just blow it off as a product of random accidents.

    • TheNewGreenIsBlue
      TheNewGreenIsBlue Ай бұрын +7

      @CↃ No kidding. My kids had a unit on biomimicry as well. It's pretty much a standard thing that they teach in elementary school these days. I have helped BOTH my daughters still in regular old public elementary schools do projects on the amazing designs of the world around us. Everything from the remarkable strength to weight ratio of the Toucan's beak, to the kingfisher's beak's inspiration for Japan's bullet trains.
      Intelligent humans design things around them all the time... and although generally far inferior to the the natural designs around us, still impressive and starts with curiosity.

  • Lou
    Lou Ай бұрын +2

    11:11 would've been cool to take them off *one by one* to test *when* the maximum is reached and how that would express itself.

  • Ekansh Gupta
    Ekansh Gupta Ай бұрын +2

    Great video Derek! I have a question though, when performing all those heavy tasks like pulling the car, how was the material able to handle those force because the material itself is made up of silicone right? Which I know is tensile, but not that much! So how did it withstand those forces?

    • Ekansh Gupta
      Ekansh Gupta Ай бұрын

      @Ethan Alexander oh! Thank you ☺

    • Ethan Alexander
      Ethan Alexander Ай бұрын +1

      I’m guessing that the backing material used provides added structural support. Some polymer films can have tensile strengths of 1,000s+ of psi! (I’ve seen some up to 20,000 psi!) However it’s also worth mentioning that towing a car across smooth flat ground may only require as little as 100 lbs of force since you only need enough force to overcome the initial rolling resistance

  • Dave Tuck
    Dave Tuck Ай бұрын +1

    That's how much of this video is accurately described by the title. This video, like all your other stellar content, was AWESOME! And I would have watched it even with the title "Using Synthetic Gecko Skin to Pull a Car".

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  • Ola
    Ola Ай бұрын

    That's so cool! I love how diverse evolution is!

  • Misty Minnie
    Misty Minnie Ай бұрын

    Wow this is incredible! These people must be super proud of what they have managed.

  • theuglybunny
    theuglybunny Ай бұрын +362

    I hope one day this technology is adapted as plasters/medical tape.
    My newborn requires an NG tube for feeding and we have to tape it to his cheek, but he is allergic to adhesive and we are now in a battle over managing his poor skin degrading.
    It makes me happy to think how future families in similar situations could benefit from this concept.

    • HUK~
      HUK~ Ай бұрын

      Let's welcome Megan

    • DJ Lizardon
      DJ Lizardon Ай бұрын +2

      @John Doe I'm all for the medical stuff, but hell... spiderman was the first thing I thought of haha but with this we're gonna be geckoman 😂

    • John Doe
      John Doe Ай бұрын +2

      man y'all worried about medical stuff & "real world functions"
      but all i want is to be spider-man.

    • Tim O'Brien
      Tim O'Brien Ай бұрын

      very sorry to hear this, but it was stated in the video that it doesn''t stick to skin as our skin is too bump

    • mosk2011
      mosk2011 Ай бұрын +1

      Such a good idea. Hope your newborn gets well soon.

  • Triumph Anazia
    Triumph Anazia Ай бұрын +1

    This is so ground breaking if you ask me, there are many practical application. I wonder the tremendous progress we'll have if we can replicate the interesting parts of nature. Finally, a Spidey suit, next one should be Iron man's

  • Pierre Alvarado
    Pierre Alvarado Ай бұрын

    As always, nature is the best engineer, truly impressive.

  • David H
    David H Ай бұрын

    I think the chain ladder acts similar to the mould effect chain thing. it looks like the ladder on the left gains a tiny bit of acceleration when the leading edge of the ladder rung hits the table.

  • Daveski
    Daveski Ай бұрын +1

    Had no idea how fascinating Geckos were aha, thanks for more science lessons Derek!

  • Space Cowboy
    Space Cowboy Ай бұрын

    I'd love some work gloves with this. As a machinist, holding on to metal parts with normal rubber gloves is incredibly tricky if there's any oil on the part or the gloves. I imagine making this stuff is still incredibly expensive though

    • V Tushar
      V Tushar Ай бұрын

      Well that wouldnt work prolly if it had oil on the surface cuz it relies on vander walls force i.e. attraction between the atom of the gecko to the atoms at the surface of the hammer. So oil will basically be sliding and it might as well get stuck in between the ridges destroying the gecko tape

  • Matthys Loedolff
    Matthys Loedolff Ай бұрын +332

    I remember in one of my nanotechnology courses at university around 2012 one of the physics lecturers told us about people investigating this sort of technology. Amazing to see it in action.

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    • Sam
      Sam Ай бұрын +3

      2012 i was in 7th grade, interested in geckos and found the same news. Glad, that they finally understood geckos more and made gecko tape^^

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    • joshmdmd
      joshmdmd Ай бұрын +3

      I've seen research like this for years. I think there was even a Bill Nye episode iirc. This is probably the furthest it's come since.

    • Uber Ubermensch
      Uber Ubermensch Ай бұрын

      Kinda shows how University can have a place, but it ends up being a fraction of our lives in many cases. Uni didn't really say we'd move on and never need them, for reasons.

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    nalusa falaya Ай бұрын +1

    This guy has the coolest content and I love all his videos, you learn so much!!!! Stuff that you prob won't learn about anywhere else, this channel is phenomenal

  • Fabricator Factory
    Fabricator Factory Ай бұрын

    I wonder if anyone thought of putting it on tracks? Would an army tank track area equal enough area to support the force created by the weight of an army tank traveling vertically up a wall?
    Great video, enjoyed.

  • Deano
    Deano Ай бұрын +2

    My 8 year old has genuinely come up with a incredible idea for this invention . I’m currently checking if anyone else has thought about it.

  • Sweet Rose
    Sweet Rose Ай бұрын

    Your video has answered my questions. Thank you very much for sharing this method that works for all platforms.

  • Tharxis
    Tharxis Ай бұрын

    I've seen that kinda phenomenon with a certain type of plant that grows in the wild. It's probably got the same structure as the artificial gecko skin. When you brush your finger against its blade, it's going to stick and sting like it's got little sharp edges all along its area, but if you brush along, you don't feel anything. I think it's pretty similar.

    • Maeve Smith
      Maeve Smith Ай бұрын

      Those are cool in their own right! They actually use microscopic barb like structures that grow in one direction, so that when you slide your hand or fingers along it in the same direction they grow, it feels slick and smooth with no resistance, but in the opposite direction every one of those barbs is digging in and causing that pain.
      No Van Der Waals forces to speak of, but it's a really interesting mechanism all the same!

  • Riker H
    Riker H Ай бұрын +732

    @5:01 "we cannot make what the geck has" loved the level of awe he has for the geckos architecture

    • Maritata Chan
      Maritata Chan Ай бұрын

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    • Evernevers
      Evernevers Ай бұрын

      Bro I thought this was about geckos why is everyone talking about god now?

    • Nuno Rodrigues
      Nuno Rodrigues Ай бұрын

      @Ithecastic Imagine being religious and calling another person "simple minded"

    • JH W
      JH W Ай бұрын

      @Kegastam M But what gives us survival instinct?

  • Adsense Royal
    Adsense Royal  Ай бұрын

    Much support for this amazing channel. Thanks for what you reveal

  • TruthHunterHawk
    TruthHunterHawk Ай бұрын +1

    And why don't people see that this is a brilliantly created mechanism by a brilliantly creative creator? It's obviously so well designed!

  • Rob
    Rob Ай бұрын

    Man says "Let me know if you want me to try climbing a building with gecko adhesive" like it was ever in doubt!
    Great video!

  • Nautilus Guitars
    Nautilus Guitars Ай бұрын

    I feel like this would be relatively easy to make with the right setup. Even a desktop cnc fitted with an incredibly high quality blade should be able to produce this surface directly on the "part". It would require a lot of custom toolpath work, but that shouldn't be too difficult. Or to make a mold, some sort of thermoplastic could be held at a temperature that keeps it soft for cutting, then cooled to have a more durable surface. Wish I had more time to work on this. It would be a fun project.

  • June Bug
    June Bug Ай бұрын

    The applications for this in the trad climbing community could be great. In trad climbing, gear is placed in cracks and faults in the rock to catch a potential fall, but this isn't really possible currently on flatter surfaces with less cracks for gear placement. With this it could be possible to place gear on a flat surface, let it sit there while the climber climbs, and catch their fall if they do.
    It would completely open up a whole world of harder trad climbs that haven't been possible due to lack of gear placements for protection.

  • Sebastian Roth
    Sebastian Roth Ай бұрын +413

    This exact effect was the reason I studied materials science in my masters. It's just incredible how far we have come, that we are able to use such effects on materials that *.*

    • TheJellyGoo
      TheJellyGoo Ай бұрын

      @Gladius No, the material isn't cheap to produce, you would pay an extra couple hundred/thousand depending on the size.

    • Enorazza
      Enorazza Ай бұрын

      @Sean Kane as they say in the video, what they can do is a very raw bad approx of what a gecko can. I would say they do not more than a mere 5-10% (i am being optimistic) and so, the possibilities are HUGE. We need to learn how to build something purely from a DNA.. like a cell does. Crispr is great to modify DNA, but to have a sheet of "gecko foot" made from the Gecko DNA (and then even improving it!) is pure science fiction nowadays. Having this capability will open the "God door" with unimaginable possibilities. We are so so far from that (50 years?)

    • seasong
      seasong Ай бұрын

      Very cool, what materials are you working on now?

    • Sean Kane
      Sean Kane Ай бұрын +2

      @Enorazza Right? I'm so curious how much better is the gecko than the artificial version, considering we seem to be able to fill the same surface area. Is it something like 80% as good, 95% as good? What if it were like half as good as the gecko? Crazy to think of the possibilities were that the case and we just need to iterate on the processes

    • Dooplon
      Dooplon Ай бұрын +2

      @Gladius I'd imagine so if the vinyl sheets mentioned use this force, but I have noticed some that are noticeably sticky one one side so perhaps some indeed use a thin adhesive in some fashion

  • Joshuahuk
    Joshuahuk Ай бұрын

    Looks appropriate for handling/lifting sheet material too!

  • Rubaeth Hossain
    Rubaeth Hossain Ай бұрын

    probably the best video I've ever watched, absolutely loved it.

  • Coerciveutopian
    Coerciveutopian Ай бұрын

    This is amazing! I wanted to study this in college but didn't get the chance.

  • Divya Grover
    Divya Grover Ай бұрын

    Dammn..sir.. you always kill it with every video.. eagerly waiting for the next one ✨

  • Bryan Hill
    Bryan Hill Ай бұрын +1

    I know your rods of God episode was a total bomb, but I too was interested in that premise. So I'm glad you dabbled in it. This was a great episode, very cool gecko skin.

  • Google made me do it
    Google made me do it Ай бұрын +483

    I remember people telling me gecko tape would NEVER be possible, even the guy inventing this tape says so, but he still persisted and they developed something that comes pretty close to it. This is amazing!
    Another dream come true

  • Sanity016
    Sanity016 Ай бұрын

    I *absolutely love* that the YT short takes me right into the video and I don't have to rewatch the part I already watched.

  • Bryan Santillano
    Bryan Santillano Ай бұрын +1

    Dang, i use those CNC machines at work, I didn't think they could do something like this. Very interesting

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  • The Banned
    The Banned Ай бұрын

    I literally had this idea like, organically the other day while getting baked except it was a tarantula pad. Like imagine if you had literal gloves covered in those micro hairs as well as a, like, an offset roofers platform for each foot. You could def climb a building

  • Markus Scheffler
    Markus Scheffler Ай бұрын +1

    It would be interesting to see if it holds almost as well in vacuum. It might be that under athmospheric conditions the air between the pad an the surface is pushed out almost completely and that the air pressure on the outside pushes the pad to the surface.

    • huehue
      huehue Ай бұрын

      London dispersion / van DER waals should work in space too I believe!

    • Tumbolisu
      Tumbolisu Ай бұрын +1

      Somebody made a video once where they dropped a gauge block on another gauge block in a vacuum. They wanted to see if simply "pushing out" the air between the blocks was all that was needed to make them stick together. Their conclusion: The blocks were not sticking. Eliminating the air did absolutely nothing. Similarly it doesn't take much effort to show the reverse: Putting two stuck-together gauge blocks in a vacuum doesn't unstick them either.

  • Jordy V.
    Jordy V. Ай бұрын

    I can see this being incredibly useful in prosthetics

  • TimeBucks
    TimeBucks Ай бұрын +828

    I love stuff like this

  • evol 1928
    evol 1928 Ай бұрын

    This seems very similar to how the gloves of mission impossible work, where Ethan scales the glass building. Except where that glove fails if the battery fails, this doesn't. Physics is so cool 😃

  • John Doe
    John Doe 9 күн бұрын

    It's amazing how even the weakest intermolecular force is so strong

  • Bardan Tamang
    Bardan Tamang Ай бұрын

    I just discovered this channel and I'M ABSOLUTELY LOVING THESE VIDEOS!!!

  • Alex McMeeken
    Alex McMeeken Ай бұрын

    Hi there Derek. I have used chat gpt extensively, and I've noticed that it has a significant bias. Can you do a video about bias in science?

  • Stephanie Storey
    Stephanie Storey Ай бұрын

    This is fascinating. I love this channel so much.

  • Hector Aframian
    Hector Aframian Ай бұрын +242

    Years on after leaving school and I am continuously impressed by the quality of the content you provide for free that far exceeds most institutions. It’s just amazing how simply you explain concepts in a quarter of an hour.

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      Ryo JS Ай бұрын

      He has sponsers
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  • Evah
    Evah Ай бұрын

    Looking at the structure of Gecko feet reminds me of the structure of some mushrooms. I wonder if there would be a way to engineer a fungus that would grow in a pattern similar to gecko feet to get the more sophisticated design?

  • Jan Vyachaslav
    Jan Vyachaslav Ай бұрын

    Always informative and interesting.

  • I Taylor I
    I Taylor I Ай бұрын

    I wonder if they could use the Nano 3D printer to make smaller legs on the gecko skin. Supposedly, the printer can create parts around 500 nanometers, though the materials the Karlsruhe Institute are currently printing in may not be viable, it could be worthwhile having both labs work together on the project. Could be a significant improvement on the wax mold method and could be more reliable to 3D print than to use a razor.
    If they 3D print the mold, not 3D print with liquid silicone.

  • Carlos Taylor
    Carlos Taylor Ай бұрын +1

    Isn’t this the reason that sticking your tongue on a cold metal surface will make your tongue stick? The moisture that your tongue is positively saturated in touches the metal and fills in all the grooves between you and the metal, and then that once liquid bond becomes quickly frozen because the layer is so thin, creating a solid bond between the two that has almost zero space in the middle that’s not being taken up by either the metal, the tongue, or the frozen moisture between the two.

  • EinStein
    EinStein Ай бұрын +172

    When I was in School, about 15 years ago, we had this book "Geko's Foot" in our library, it was full of how amazing and fascinating the Geko's foot was! The ideas discussed in the book are now a reality! Science does make progress!

      BAMIDELE EMMANUEL Ай бұрын +9

      @Robert Pruitt I mean it is easier to sit your ass at home and demand progress when you are not the one at work. We tend to see scientific and technological advancement as something that is bound to happen and that we are 100% entitled to. Although it's like it's almost impossible to slow its pace down now 'cause many hands are on deck, these things have always been done by people like ourselves and they actually take time. It's just that successful ones are easy to spot than thousand of the unknown, failed procedures leading to successful ones.

    • Robert Pruitt
      Robert Pruitt Ай бұрын +13

      @Earthling six billion something and one
      Things have always taken quite a while. We just didn't hear about the research until it was getting close to market.
      We might be more advanced than in decades past, but we're also doing more complicated things.
      It took NASA 20 years to get JWST done. But they had to invent half a dozen new technologies and advance them enough to be usable in space.
      It took 11 years to make the Blu-ray. Even though it's just a DVD with a different color laser and new programming.
      It was 80 years after the invention of the fridge before you could buy one in a store.

    • EyeSack
      EyeSack Ай бұрын +8

      @Earthling six billion something and one it makes nature even more amazing

    • Earthling six billion something and one
      Earthling six billion something and one Ай бұрын

      It's kinda sad that this is the progress after decades.

  • Jimi Simmonds
    Jimi Simmonds Ай бұрын +1

    Could this be used on car tyres to prevent lateral sliding?

  • Karen Lynne
    Karen Lynne 18 күн бұрын

    Another great nature inspired creation! Wow!

  • Amit Rakshe
    Amit Rakshe Ай бұрын

    When i was doing engineering I was obsessed with this kind of robota we partially built
    I am so happy this is coming true


    This is why i LOVE science even though im 13 its so hard to grasp but once you get even the tiniest grasp on it, it is AWESOME.

  • Aaron Coolidge
    Aaron Coolidge Ай бұрын +1

    Thank you for sharing this amazing new material!

  • Samurai Pipotchi
    Samurai Pipotchi Ай бұрын +457

    The fact that it only took six of those tiny robots to pull a car is kind of insane.

    • Liquid Parallax
      Liquid Parallax Ай бұрын

      DC motors do have ALOT of torque tho....

    • Samurai Pipotchi
      Samurai Pipotchi Ай бұрын

      @notahotshot Given I actively factored communication out of that statement, I'm definitely not confusing the two. Only the first point I made was about ease of communication. My second statement - the one you quoted - was not about communication. Plus precision doesn't come from standardization; ease of communication does, which you supposedly think has nothing to do with precision. On top of which, you're mis-attributing the word nomenclature. What you call the measurements is irrelevant to how the system works or which values are used for scaling. The odd nomenclature doesn't reinforce or dissolve either of our points, so I don't see why you feel the need to remind me of it.
      As for the creation of the metric system - people make new systems because it's easier to get people to bandwagon onto a new thing than it is to change how they use an old thing. I'm aware that it had nothing to do with precision at the time, which is why I didn't make that argument. On the other hand, that doesn't mean that metric - as we know it today - is less precise.
      The reason Imperial is naturally less precise is because every unit has it's an individual scalar value. Every time you have to translate between those scales, there's a risk of a translation error, which grows exponentially every time you switch unit. And that's not a communication thing - that's a maths thing. The same risk holds true for digital computation.
      You're clearly stuck on the idea of minutiae aspect of precision rather than accuracy, and if you want to say that the thou is more precise than a millimetre, then I'd agree (before reminding you of nanometres and all the other units smaller than 0.1 thou), but the Imperial system *as a whole* is imprecise when compared to the metric system *as a whole.*

    • notahotshot
      notahotshot Ай бұрын

      @Samurai Pipotchi
      "That's naturally more precise." No, it's not.
      You're confusing ease of communication with precision within the system. Precision comes from standardization, and from how finely divided your measurements are, not how you name them. I can divide imperial measurements just as finely as you can divide metric.
      The issue with imperial was that the length of the measurements were not standardized. Rather than getting everyone to agree on how to define the length of a yard, a new measurement, the meter, was devised, and the base measurement defined. Then the measurement was later redefined multiple times. Because of the natural inaccuracy of the definitions used. The world could have just as easily standardized on imperial, if an agreement on how to define the measurements could have been reached.
      Note that I did say, in my previous comment, that the nomenclature could have been better.

    • Samurai Pipotchi
      Samurai Pipotchi Ай бұрын

      @notahotshot Because it's true for a lot of us.
      I'm in the UK. Our tools use mm adjustments - just like almost every non-english speaking country. Trying to describe which metric adjustment you need while using imperial terms is going to lead to a natural imprecision.
      There's also the benefit that metric technically only has one unit of measurement and the terminology just specifies where we're putting the decimal place. That's naturally a more precise system than one that changes it's scaling based on which unit you're using.

    • notahotshot
      notahotshot Ай бұрын

      @Samurai Pipotchi
      "Metric is necessary when it comes to precision measurements..."
      Why do people make this claim? I can divide imperial measurements in as fine an increment as needed to get as accurate a measurement as required. The nomenclature could have been better for the divisions, but the nomenclature has no effect on the level of accuracy possible.

  • toobaaaapi
    toobaaaapi Ай бұрын +1

    That's revolutionary, also makes me think why didn't they think of it before, awesome work no doubt, very impressive.

    • toobaaaapi
      toobaaaapi Ай бұрын

      I agree

    • The Amazing One
      The Amazing One Ай бұрын +1

      They did think of it a long time before. I remember watching a documentary mentioning it (the idea of making a gecko-like skin) around 10 years ago (and the documentary itself wasn't that new at the time either).
      Obviously, they needed a lot of time to progress this far

  • bla blubb
    bla blubb Ай бұрын

    We all know that Geckos are simply so cute that everything wants to stick to them.

  • JackieViolet
    JackieViolet Ай бұрын

    I wonder how it could be used in the Medical Field!!!! This video is BRILLIANT,loved the info, I am wowed!!!!!!!

  • KhanMasid
    KhanMasid 7 күн бұрын

    Breaks - breaks for heavy vehicles/machines working on sites located at high altitudes, on small spaces (roads in mountains, bridges etc) or vehicles that need to travel real fast on smooth surfaces. An idea for people who are looking for ideas and are not scared of implementing them. Don't worry about the reasons I'm sharing it, maybe I want to learn from your mistakes.