Sticky Feet

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This video features Chris Clemente, from Cambridge University, who is studying the mechanisms that ants and other insects (especially cockroaches) use to walk down as well as up walls. Ants have incredibly sticky feet.

With them they can hang onto ceilings, whilst carrying 100 times their body weight. But if they are stuck down so successfully - how do they ever get them unstuck? Chris considers the applications that this might one day have to develop a 'supersuper glue' and to improve the movement of robots.

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