Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

One Giant Leap for Spiderkind

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

One Giant Leap for Spiderkind

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SCIENTISTS at the University of Manchester have trained a regal jumping spider - named Kim - to leap on command for the first time.

A high resolution, slow motion video shows Kim jumping up to six times its body length from a standing start.

The best a human can achieve is about 1.5 times.

In a study described as 'the most advanced of its kind to date', scientists looked at why the anatomy of the jumping spider evolved the way it did. They hope to use the results to help develop a new type of 'agile micro-robot' inspired by nature.

Dr Mostafa Nabawy, lead author of the force on the legs at take-off can be up to five times the weight of the spider - this is amazing and if we can understand these biomechanics we can apply them to other areas of research. …

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