from the move-over-duct-tape dept.
Makarand writes "Geckos have the remarkable ability to climb the most smooth surfaces and hang from
glass ceilings with a single toe. Their feet are covered with millions of nanoscopic keratin
hairs that can exert an intermolecular force - called van der Waals force - producing
an adhesive effect on surfaces they walk on. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have been able to
adhesive ability of Gecko feet with a synthetic material that could find applications
in new types of vehicle tires or allowing robots to climb walls. The material is made
by using a mould created by a lithographic process and consists of a flexibile and strong
substrate covered with 100 million nanoscopic hair each centimetre square.
It might take several more years before Gecko tape is made commercially available to the wanna-be Spiderman, but he will have to thank the Gecko for that, not the spider."
It appears that PL/I (and its dialects) is, or will be, the most widely
used higher level language for systems programming.
-- J. Sammet