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MIT Scientists Translated the Structure of a Spider Web Into Music – Watch & Listen

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“The spider lives in an environment of vibrating strings,” says Markus Buehler, Ph.D., the project’s principal investigator, who is presenting the work. “They don’t see very well, so they sense their world through vibrations, which have different frequencies.” Such vibrations occur, for example, when the spider stretches a silk strand during construction, or when the wind or a trapped fly moves the web.


To gain insights into how spiders build webs, the researchers scanned a web during the construction process, transforming each stage into music with different sounds. “The sounds our harp-like instrument makes change during the process, reflecting the way the spider builds the web,” Buehler says. “So, we can explore the temporal sequence of how the web is being constructed in audible form.” This step-by-step knowledge of how a spider builds a web could help in devising “spider-mimicking” 3D printers that build complex microelectronics. “The spider’s way of ‘printing’ the web is remarkable because no support material is used, as is often needed in current 3D printing methods,” he says.

In other experiments, the researchers explored how the sound of a web changes as it’s exposed to different mechanical forces, such as stretching. “In the virtual reality environment, we can begin to pull the web apart, and when we do that, the tension of the strings and the sound they produce change. At some point, the strands break, and they make a snapping sound,” Buehler says.

The team is also interested in learning how to communicate with spiders in their own language. They recorded web vibrations produced when spiders performed different activities, such as building a web, communicating with other spiders or sending courtship signals. Although the frequencies sounded similar to the human ear, a machine learning algorithm correctly classified the sounds into the different activities. “Now we’re trying to generate synthetic signals to basically speak the language of the spider,” Buehler says. “If we expose them to certain patterns of rhythms or vibrations, can we affect what they do, and can we begin to communicate with them? Those are really exciting ideas.”
MIT Scientists Translated the Structure of a Spider Web Into Music – Watch & Listen (scitechdaily.com)

This is kind of cool.
 

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I'm scared of spiders.
 
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Me, too.
 

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Lol. Nothing to be scared of the eat pests. I have a friend that is a mountain of a man. He puts 800 pound wood burning stoves in place and lifts them himself but screams like a little girl every time he runs into a spider. Makes me laugh hard every time. I guess we all have our thing that creeps us out. I will jump out a perfectly good airplane and love it but get the squirts any time my ex wife gets with in 60 miles of me.
 

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Lol. Nothing to be scared of the eat pests. I have a friend that is a mountain of a man. He puts 800 pound wood burning stoves in place and lifts them himself but screams like a little girl every time he runs into a spider. Makes me laugh hard every time. I guess we all have our thing that creeps us out. I will jump out a perfectly good airplane and love it but get the squirts any time my ex wife gets with in 60 miles of me.

There's plenty of reason to be scared of certan spiders.
Mainly the Black Widow and more so the Brown Recluse,those things can mess you up!!
 

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