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For the first time, scientists have trained a spider to jump at different distances and different heights. The feat allowed scientists to study the spider's jumping abilities and behavior at great detail using high-speed, high-resolution cameras. The observations could help scientists understand why jumping spiders evolved as they did and inspire a new generation of high-performance micro-robots.
"The focus of the present work is on the extraordinary jumping capability of these spiders," Mostafa Nabawy, a researcher at the University of Manchester in England, said in a news release. "A jumping spider can leap up to six times its body length from a standing start."
"The force on the legs at take-off can be up to 5 times the weight of the spider -- this is amazing and if we can understand these biomechanics we can apply them to other areas of research," Nabawy said. Scientists nicknamed the trained spider, a regal jumping spider, Kim. The high-speed, hi-res videos of Kim revealed the jumping spider's anatomy and mechanics in unprecedented detail. Scientists found the species, Phidippus regius, uses different jumping strategies depending on the type of jump.
originally posted by: Allaroundyou
a reply to: seattlerat
That is a very fascinating subject! The part that peeked my interest was the use of silk as possible stabilizing mechanism. I still don’t like those little creepy crawlers though.