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Science Develops a Spider Sense

Posted March 01, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Spiders detect the tiniest of vibrations to avoid danger. Scientists hope to capture this "early alert" capability with "nanoscale crack junction-based sensory systems," otherwise known as crack sensors. Built using a thin layer of platinum and a viscoelastic polymer, these electromechanical sensors mimic the way a spider senses vibration. As the polymer stretches with vibration, the gap between cracks varies, changing electrical resistance. Potential applications include earthquake sensors, sound recording, and medical monitoring.


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03/02/2015 10:30 AM

Just remember:

"With great power comes great responsibility."

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03/09/2015 9:38 AM

Peter Parker is greatly concerned. He thought he had a lock on this spider thing.

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