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The Science of Sticking
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The Science of Sticking

Ever wondered how strong a drop of superglue really is? You'll find the answer on this page, but one thing you won't find is a definite explanation of how substances called adhesives stick things together. Why? Because we still don't know for sure.

That's right, even a humble piece of sticky tape is still a bit of a mystery. Stick around to find out more.

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Scientist Profile: Glue-ologist

Scientist Profile: Glue-ologist

Muscles were important to Leslie Hamming when she was a triathlete. Now mussels are. Mussels are a kind of clam. They make an amazing glue that Leslie is trying to mimic. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
A Brief History of: Velcro

A Brief History of: Velcro

Instead of just getting annoyed by sticky burrs, a Swiss engineer studied them — and invented Velcro. More...

Article
TIME Magazine
Chance Discoveries: Post-It Notes

Chance Discoveries: Post-It Notes

When a scientist at 3M invented a weak glue, it seemed useless. But another 3M scientist realized how useful sticky little pieces of paper could be, if they weren't too sticky. More...

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National Science Foundation/NBC
Glue Strength Comparison

Glue Strength Comparison

Do you really need to buy glue? Try your hand at making your own from casein, a protein found in cow's milk. Then test its adhesiveness against the store-bought stuff. More...

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education.com
Is It Possible to Assemble a Car with Glue?

Is It Possible to Assemble a Car with Glue?

Will advanced adhesives allow car makers to produce lighter, cheaper, and more efficient vehicles? Find out here. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
MythBusters: Super Sticky

MythBusters: Super Sticky

Just how strong is a single drop of superglue? Watch the MythBusters push one (or rather, pull it) to its limit. More...

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Discovery
Neanderthal Superglue

Neanderthal Superglue

Did Neanderthals glue their spear points to their spear shafts? Watch as scientists try to make Neanderthal adhesive using only the materials available to these ancient hunters. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Sealant Inspired by Beach Worm Could Become Surgical Superglue

Sealant Inspired by Beach Worm Could Become Surgical Superglue

By studying a worm that glues itself to underwater rocks, scientists have created an adhesive that can patch up pigs' hearts and arteries. Will it work in people? More...

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NPR
You Could Hang 40 kg from a Gecko and It Wouldn’t Fall Off the Ceiling

You Could Hang 40 kg from a Gecko and It Wouldn’t Fall Off the Ceiling

Find out how gecko feet stick to basically anything. Then, to find out how scientists are trying to imitate this ability, click the link called "Could Spiderman suits become a reality?" More...

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Institute of Physics

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