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Top 10 Innovations Inspired by Nature

1. Gecko Skin

When you think of geckos, you probably picture a talking lizard pitching you car insurance. But it turns out geckos are also inspired important technological advances. These creatures can seemingly defy gravity; climbing vertical surfaces like walls and even hang from one toe.

This ability comes from c-type rows of tiny hairs on their feet. These hairs can hold on to any surfaces using sticky Van Der Waals force, which uses fluctuations in charge distributions between neighboring molecules. Scientists have figured out how to use the force to make everything from a contraption that lets humans climb a sheer glass wall to grippers for space repairs. Unfortunately it is still can’t get you a better deal on your car insurance.