Researchers have found Spider-Man would need much larger hands and feet if he were to scale walls in real life. That's because the superhero – and any human for that matter – would need a much larger body surface area equipped with far more sticky footpads to support his weight. That's why geckos are the largest animals able to scale smooth vertical walls.
A gecko's anatomy helps lizards of all sizes walk on ceilings and walls.
And you thought shaking your hair around like a wet dog was fun... A new study has found that geckos have a unique way of shedding moisture in a process that literally launches tiny water droplets away from their skin. Researchers even suspect that this keeps the delicate lizards clean and free of harmful microbial life.
Geckos are known for their extremely adept climbing talents, able to scale walls and ceilings, but new research shows that over the course of evolution some gecko species can lose their stick.
For geckos, climbing along walls and even upside down is a piece of cake, but going downhill, on the other hand, requires some effort, according to new research.
Five geckos sent into orbit on a Russian space satellite as part of a breeding experiment have all died, the Russian space agency reports.
If you've ever wondered how geckos can scale walls and hang from ceilings without falling, it turns out that toe hairs are the secret behind their remarkable climbing abilities, new research shows.