Scientists Train Spider to Jump on Demand

By Zack Stieber

Scientists in the United Kingdom have trained a spider (Phidippus regis) to jump on demand.

“Scientists have unlocked the secrets of how some predatory spiders catch their prey whilst hunting by successfully training one to jump different distances and heights for the first time,” according to the researchers from the University of Manchester.

The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Dr. Mostafa Nabawy, the lead author of the study, said that the ability to leap high in a spider equals more than three times the ability of a human.

“The force on the legs at take-off can be up to five 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,” he said.

The researchers trained the spider to jump different heights and distances and recorded the jumps using ultra-high-speed cameras.

 
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