Spiders tune their webs like guitars

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The vibey way spiders differentiate potential meals and potential mates

It should come as no surprise that spiders constantly monitor their webs, for both potential mates and potential meals: food and sex are two of nature’s most fundamental drives. However, the means by which they distinguish between the two types of visitor – tuning their webs and interpreting the subsequent vibrations – is a secret that scientists have only recently unravelled. You can learn more on NPR’s website.

Producer: Adam Cole

Website: NPR’s Skunk Bear

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