Fake spider measures web vibrations
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Fake spider measures web vibrations

Physicists in the US have built a two-metre spider web and are using it to explore how the eight-legged creatures pinpoint struggling prey.

When an insect lands in a spider's web, it is vibrations that bring the predator scuttling from the centre of its trap.

How spiders interpret those signals is a mystery - but physicists are now using this replica to try and figure it out.

  • 19 Mar 2016
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