Popular Mechanics reports a new super-adhesive tape that uses nanotubes instead of glue.

a team at Ohio’s University of Akron has produced a new kind of “gecko tape” that mimics the thousands of hairs on the gecko’s footpad, each of which splits into hundreds of smaller nanohairs. The tape uses bundles of setae—strong but flexible carbon nanotubes—which, like the gecko hairs, create an electrostatic attraction with a surface.

One inch of tape can hold 50 pounds. Since it has no glue, it does not lose adhesiveness. It’s scifi space tape made real. And it will be used… in space. Of course.

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