banana stepping
Bio Tribology

The science of slippery bananas

They’re yellow. They’re radioactive. And they’re very slippery. Yes, they’re bananas, and we have just found out why they’re so slippery. So yellow … yes we all know that. But radioactive? Well yes, bananas are […]

geckos
Bio Tribology

Sticky toe pads of lizards and evolution

Gecko hanging on glass by one foot Travis Hagey, Michigan State University evolutionary biologist, shows how different groups of lizards – geckos and anoles – took two completely different evolutionary paths to developing the beneficial […]

friction running blisters shoes
Bio Tribology

Does Friction cause Friction Blisters?

What is friction? There is more than one definition of friction. And this has confused our understanding of how it is involved in friction blister formation. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has two definitions of friction: the act of […]