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Lab News !

-Learn about some of our Shark research in Florida and the Bahamas!

-Our new paper in Advanced Materials came out on May 25, 2014. It shows that geckskin can stick to everything!

-Check out some of the press coverage on "Geckskin on everything" in Discovery News and

-Duncan Irschick was named the College Outstanding Faculty Research Award at the University of Massachusetts!

-We have a new Geckskin website! Check it out, it rocks!

-The invention of GeckskinTM named as a top five Science Breakthrough for 2012 by CNN

-GeckskinTM featured on the new UMASS Amherst video "Innovation and Impact"

-Duncan Irschick gave a TED talk at the Sorbonne University in Paris on November 8, 2012. His talk can be viewed here

-"GeckskinTM" is inspired by gecko feet and uses synthetic "tendon", "skin" and "pad" to generate unparalleled adhesion

-Read about GeckskinTM in Wired magazine and the Daily Mail, listen to a podcast on NPR, or watch it used to hang a 42-inch screen TV on a sheet of glass

-Duncan Irschick, Al Crosby and Walter Federle were awarded a $900,000 grant from the Human Frontiers Science Program to examine scaling of adhesion from insects to lizards

-Check out the recent sections about our work on rapid evolution in island lizards from Carl Zimmers new book "The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution"" and Richard Dawkin's bestseller "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution"

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