From geckos to gum: The science of stickiness
Stickiness. We know it when we see it — or when we feel it under our feet at the movie theater. But what is stickiness, scientifically speaking?
How do geckos climb? Why don’t Post-it Notes ruin our books?
This hour, we talk to scientist Laurie Winkless about her book, Sticky, and figure out what holds it all together.
- Laurie Winkless: A science writer and physicist and the author of Sticky: The Secret Science of the Surfaces
- Dr. Alyssa Stark: A professor at Villanova University; she runs a lab that studies biological adhesion
- Will Coldwell: A freelance writer; he published “Bursting the Bubble: How Gum Lost Its Cool” in The Economist
Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, Cat Pastor, and Lily Tyson contributed to this show, which originally aired February 17, 2022.