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How Gecko Teaches Us to Segment All Things. Learning Yet More from Nature

17/06/2004 |

Velcro tape has got a counterpart on the micro-level: “Gecko tape”. The Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology in the University of Manchester has developed a new adhesive, a tape coated with 500-nanometer fibers that are 2 micrometers long. The glueless … Read More

Ideality and ‘Self-X’ – Part 1: Things That Do Things For Themselves

09/02/2003 |

By: Darrell Mann

Darrell Mann Director, CREAX nv Ieper, Belgium Phone/Fax: +44 (1275) 342960 E-mail:

Introduction This article forms the first in a series of three discussing the importance of systems that incorporate solutions incorporating the word ‘self’ – … Read More

The (predictable) Evolution of Useful Things

04/09/1999 |

Darrell MannIndustrial Fellow, Department Of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity Of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UKPhone: +44 (1225) 826465Fax: +44 (1225) 826928E-mail:


‘The Evolution of Useful Things’ by Professor Henry Petroski (Reference1) is a fascinating … Read More