‘A Horrific Way To Pick Up Small Objects’: Researchers Using Dead Spiders As ‘Necrobotic’ Tools

‘A Horrific Way To Pick Up Small Objects’: Researchers Using Dead Spiders As ‘Necrobotic’ Tools


A group of scientists at Rice University are experimenting with using dead spiders as “necrobotic” gripping claws, and the internet is horrified.

CBS News posted a video Thursday showing the experiment in action. According to an article written by the scientists, to be published in the journal Advanced Science, the experiment was inspired by the science of robotics taking inspiration from nature. The unique function of spiders’ legs inspired the researchers to use material from dead spiders as “necrobotic” material, biological parts from dead animals used as robotic tools.

Researchers have turned dead spiders into necrobotic grippers capable of lifting items that weigh more than 100 times their own body weight. pic.twitter.com/GHYaJSXF5H

— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 28, 2022

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