If you’ve ever wondered what a spider web looks like, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States have found the answer.
In an attempt to better understand how arachnids spin webs and communicate, several MIT scientists have transformed the structure of a spider’s web into musical notes.
Markus Buehler, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the news agency Reuters that he and his team created 3D models of cobwebs when arachnids were doing different things such as building, repairing, hunting, and feeding.
After listening to the pattern of the spider signals, they created sounds for them using computers and mathematical algorithms.
Check it out here:
🔊 This is what a spider web looks like.
It’s a weird, disturbing, reverberating melody enough to send a tingle through your spine https://t.co/9VST89wdFV pic.twitter.com/5bONConjmd
– Reuters Science News (@ReutersScience) April 14, 2021
“We recorded these vibrations from the spiders and used artificial intelligence to learn these vibrational patterns and associate them with certain actions, basically learning the language of the spider,” he added.
While many of those who stumbled upon the video found the soundtrack strange, others were mesmerized. Take a look at some of the reactions here:
It’s absolutely amazing 🕸
– Calimocho 🏴🌼 (@ Calimocho14) April 14, 2021
– claire williams from the 80s (@swanseasucks) April 14, 2021
Jeez it’s scary.
– Dame Thistleton (@GMMalliet) April 14, 2021
– @Motherlove (@GormallyMark) April 15, 2021
It’s incredible! Too strong!!!
– GRACE MERCURY (@ GRACEMERCURY46) April 15, 2021
The sound would suit the theme of arachnophobia a bit !!
– Cold (@Ice_Colder) April 15, 2021
I don’t like it already
– Glinda the Good Witch of the North (@ honeyspider4) April 15, 2021
I find it soothing.
– Laura Night (@LNightConduite) April 14, 2021
Along with sonication, Buehler hopes it would help humans understand the language of a spider and one day communicate with them.