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You could crawl up walls just like a gecko with these high-tech gloves

You could crawl up walls just like a gecko with these high-tech gloves
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Spider-Man fans can breathe a little easier. Just days after the University of Cambridge killed their dreams of someday climbing up walls, Stanford University students crushed Cambridge's findings by, well, climbing up a glass wall.

A little background. Earlier this month, University of Cambridge issued a report, "Why Spider-Man Can't Exist," saying the largest animal that could climb a vertical wall is the tiny gecko lizard.

The University provided loads of scientific research to back up its claim. The findings came down to this: "The percentage of body surface covered by adhesive foot pads increases as body size increases, setting a limit to the size of animal using this strategy because larger animals would require impossibly big feet."

Humans, the University concluded, would need size 114 adhesive shoes to climb up a vertical wall. Stanford University countered that with "clever" adhesive pads. (See video next page.)

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