As a short aside? I physically CANNOT get “Cubs” to lowercase. Stupid autocorrect must be a Chicago fan. I could get behind the Blackhawks <woot!> being capitalized, but FFS. c-u-b-s. Wolf c-u-b-s. Tigre c-u-b-s. Lion c-u-b-s. Grrrrrr.
""By hearing it and seeing it at the same time, you can really start to understand the environment the spider lives in."
This VR environment, with realistic web physics, allows researchers to understand what happens when they mess with parts of the web, too. Stretch a strand, and its tone changes. Break one, and see how that affects the other strands around it. This, too, can help us understand the architecture of a spider's web, and why they are built the way they are.
And, perhaps most fascinatingly, the work enabled the team to develop an algorithm to identify the types of vibrations of a spider's web, translating them into "trapped prey", or "web under construction", or "another spider has arrived with amorous intent". This, the team said, is groundwork for the development of learning to speak spider - at least, tropical tent-web spider."
The synchronous fireflies were more a local curiosity than a tourist sensation when entomologist Becky Nichols began working at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1997. But with the rise of social media, word got out. These days, there are about a thousand people out on the trail