JUL 09, 2018 02:29 AM PDT

How Spiders Use Electricity To Fly

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Spider rains, or ballooning, are a natural phenomenon believed by scientists to be caused by the silken threads of spiders that generate enough lift to ride currents of air.

However, according to a recent study, spider rains may actually be due to electricity! Ballooning spiders can fly using the electricity in our atmosphere. They can reach altitudes of almost 5 km and fly for hundreds of kilometers.

The investigators of the research study took ballooning spiders and used them on a small cardboard pedestal that is placed in a special chamber designed to have no electric field or air movement. The researchers then induced the electric fields of different of different magnitudes and observed the spider movements.

The results showed that once airborne, the researchers can make the spiders rise or fall just by turning the electrical field on or off.

About the Author
  • Nouran enjoys writing on various topics including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
You May Also Like
JUL 10, 2018
Videos
JUL 10, 2018
At Four Years Old, This Girl Takes Her First Steps
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition that is usually present at birth. It’s common in children born prematurely. For one little girl, Maya...
JUL 26, 2018
Videos
JUL 26, 2018
Most Military Deaths Are Not From Combat
Since 2006, 16,000 military service members have died while on active duty. While some were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, 72% of those deaths o...
JUL 28, 2018
Videos
JUL 28, 2018
Separating Microbial Fact From Fiction
Can the toilet really send germs flying to your toothbrush?...
AUG 04, 2018
Videos
AUG 04, 2018
The Role of a Genetic Counselor
Learn more about what can be a rewarding job....
AUG 08, 2018
Videos
AUG 08, 2018
Different Strains Different Effects
 A geographical split in the cannabis population is the main factor is the taxonomic differences between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. The diff...
AUG 09, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
AUG 09, 2018
How a Ham Sandwich Helps You Understand Mathematics (and the Universe)
Mathematics is an abstract method to describe topics such as quantity, structure, and even space, which sometimes presents quite an obstacle for everyday f...
Loading Comments...