The Concept of van der Waals Force and the Reason Geckos Can Stick to Surfaces

van der Waals force, named after Dutch physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals, is when close proximity causes 2 atomic charges to attract. This is how geckos stick to walls. It's difficult to achieve because such close proximity is required, but geckos have millions of hairs on their limbs that create the close proximity needed which allows them to stick to walls using their tendons to provide strength and rigidity to support their body weight...


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