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Here's how geckos can run so fast on water to escape predators

10 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Geico's sophisticated gecko opts for a speedboat, but if he wanted, he could totally run across the water.
Geckos are known for being expert climbers, able to stick to any surface thanks to the billions of tiny hair-like structures on the bottoms of their feet. Now it turns out the little lizards can also zip along the surface of water at high speeds to elude predators. They can't do it for very long; the energy expenditure required is too great. But it's amazing they can do it at all. Scientists think they've pinpointed the mechanisms behind the feat, described in a new paper...
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