The story of the spider is like an environmental success story. A win she owes somewhat to the canvas. Researchers have now succeeded in separating its complex structure into microns. Translate it into rhythms and melodies. This will allow us to talk to spiders in the future, if not particularly sweet to our ears.
A few years ago, researchers proposed that it should be inspired by cobwebs . At the beginning of the week, a (MIT, United States) During the spring meeting of the American Society of Chemistry (ACS), on the contrary, it was announced that the structure of a spider’s web should be translated into rhythms and melodies. In the future, a way to interact with these little eight-legged beasts. Also, improve our 3D printing technologies.
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With his team, he did a scan With laser to make 2D cuts. A computer algorithm helped him to reconstruct the problem of the network in 3D. He then assigned different frequencies to the threads of the canvas. Inspired by what happens with a guitar string. They have become melodies, until they create notes that are attached to the structure of the canvas. The researchers played them with the help of an instrument similar to a harp.
Researchers Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, US) Sonified a spider web. They transformed its different threads into sounds that combined with the structure of the canvas to create rhythms and melodies. © Marcus Buhler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Going a little further, MIT researchers imagined an environmentIts structural properties allow it to enter the canvas by capturing the sounds emitted. “By listening to it and watching it, you can begin to truly understand the environment in which a spider lives.”, Promise Marcus Beauhler.
Researchers also worked on the construction phase of the canvas. By scanning a web created by his spider, they turned each step into music with different sounds. And this work in particular gives us hope to improve the design of 3D printers in the future. “The method of‘ printing ’the spider web is remarkable because noMost of the current 3D printing methods do not use any support as required ”, Underscores Marcus Beauhler.
As mentioned in the introduction, the team now hopes to learn how to interact with spiders. Their own . To do this, the researchers recorded the vibrations of the web created by the different functions of the spider. Now they are trying to create artificial signals like them. “If we expose a spider to these signals, can it affect its behavior and start ‘talking’ with it?” The question is exciting ”, Concludes Marcus Buhler.
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