World Science Scholars
2.2 Summary
  • Graduates students at MIT are using the lab to observe web structures.
  • In the early interactions, the students had to be in the lab for a couple of days to watch the spiders build the webs.
    • Now the webs can be remotely scanned.
    • This has led to terabytes of data that can be used to reconstruct a web in a 3D model.
  • Using a 3D model, the web can be analyzed and manipulated and the spider web can even be turned into a musical instrument.
    • A spider web has a lot of strings and when you pluck a string, it makes a sound.
    • This has led to creating a new musical instrument that allows scientists to interact with webs and understand what they sound like.

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