Scientist Tonia Hseih and her colleagues spent many hours looking through a microscope examining the minuscule hair on the feet of geckos. That's how they discovered that a gecko can hold many times its own body weight.
The scientific breakthrough helped other researchers in their quest to manufacture products with similar sticking properties.
Todd Bookman of The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY reports.
This segment aired on July 22, 2016.