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A new tape inspired by insect feet is so adhesive it can support a dangling man and so durable that it can be reused thousands of times.

The super tape’s surface is covered with millions of silicon mushroom-shape structures that are invisible to the human eye and that mimic the densely matted hairs on the feet of flies, beetles and other insects. The stick appendages allow the tape to work in water, on glass and even inside the human body. The tape could very well be used by a person or robots to scale a wall Spiderman-style, said lead scientist Stanislav Gorb at Zoologisches Institut in Germany.

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