Acidic oceans could affect future adhesives

The availability of iron in increasingly acidic oceans could change how creatures like mussels make their adhesives, research finds.

Chris Adam-Purdue • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: oceans biomimicry science-and-technology earth-and-environment iron adhesives mussels

Lasers and sticky tape triple lithium metal battery life

A new technique that mirrors how scientists make graphene with lasers uses sticky tape to improve lithium metal batteries.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: lasers batteries science-and-technology adhesives

Stuff that sticks like gecko feet may be coming to your house

Engineers have known how to use sticky stuff inspired by gecko feet for years. Now, new research paves the way for mass production.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics biomimicry featured science-and-technology feet adhesives

Band-Aid adhesive replacement won’t ruin the planet

A new kind of adhesive works just as well as plastic-based versions but degrades in less than a year instead of lasting forever.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability materials-science earth-and-environment plastics adhesives

Why glue isn’t proof of Neanderthal smarts

Neanderthals made birch bark glue, which has been considered evidence of their sophistication. But what if it's actually super easy to make?

Kathleen Hamilton-NYU • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: neanderthals featured society-and-culture early-humans adhesives

Bee spit and flower oil are inspiring new glues

The way bee spit and flower oil stick together in all sorts of conditions may pave the way for bioinspired adhesives.

Josh Brown-Georgia Tech • futurity
April 10, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: bees materials-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology flowers adhesives

Roughness really matters for sticky stuff at nanoscale

A new discovery about adhesion at very small scales could pave the way for the engineering of the future.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Feb. 11, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: physics nanotechnology science-and-technology adhesives

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