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Spiders’ Web Secrets Unraveled

Johns Hopkins University researchers discovered precisely how spiders build webs by using night vision and artificial intelligence to track and record every movement of all eight legs as spiders worked in the dark.

Their creation of a web-building playbook or algorithm brings new understanding of how creatures with brains a fraction of the size of a human’s are able to create structures of such elegance, complexity and geometric precision. The findings, now available online, are set to publish in the November issue of Current Biology.

Johns Hopkins Scientists Probe Mystery of Spider Web-Spinning

Johns Hopkins University biologist Andrew Gordus is conducting a leg-by-leg analysis of a spider building its web in hopes of unlocking secrets of behavior: how is it shaped by genetics, how is it a response to surroundings? Gordus says the project could eventually shed light on higher animals.