Sticky tape inspired by beetles

Help

A new design of sticky tape inspired by observing how beetles and other insects stick to surfaces has been developed.

The tape is the work of Professor Stanislav Gorb of the University of Kiel in northern Germany, in collaboration with the German technology firm Binder.

Dr Mark Miodownik, presenter of BBC Four's Plastic: How It Works, spoke to Prof Gorb about the science behind the new product and put the tape to the test.

First broadcast 9 April 2012.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.