It’s easy to forget that spiderwebs, as beautiful as they can be, are traps. Spiders use the vibrations in their webs to perceive their environment, track, capture, and hold prey. But if spiderwebs are designed to vibrate, what happens if we can “hear” them the way spiders can? Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:
Spiderwebs are some of the most alluringly complex natural phenomena that you are likely to encounter on a morning walk. Spiders use the minute vibrations in their webs to perceive their environment, so what might it sound like if we could actually hear their mysterious music?
This was the goal of a data sonification project that puts humans in spiders’ shoes to experience spiderwebs. Researchers say the project could eventually be used to reverse engineer spiders’ reality and communicate with the arachnids.
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