Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko’s tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all. [12:27]

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  1. #1 Rob W
    June 18, 2009

    Oh, come on — how about a spoiler for those of us who can’t play audio at the moment? Or don’t have 12 minutes to spare for a piqued curiosity?

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    June 18, 2009

    okay, one spoiler: geckos use their tails to fly.

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