I rather like spiders and now this fascinating piece of research shows that they can generate electricity as well – each web is its own grid. Perhaps we’ve found the solution to renewable energy – billions of spider farms across the world, truly a world-wide web.
Cast your strands,
silken bands that feel
like steel entrapment, hawser-taut,
to prey that’s caught, wrapped by cryptic mesh that seems alive.
It swings and jives, attracting creatures flying by. Siren-lured, as spell-bound by a trick?
No magic, just electric power, deception, charged conductive glue across your grid,
a hidden force that draws them in, midges, flies and gnats.
Distracted, diverted in flight,
ravelled tight inside
7th December 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Power of the web: The secret of how spiders catch their prey.” Spun from silk, with the strength of steel but with extraordinary elasticity, a spider’s web has long been regarded as one of Mother Nature’s most amazing feats. Now scientists at Oxford University have revealed another unique quality – webs actively spring towards prey thanks to electrically conductive glue spread across their surface. Researchers discovered that the electrical properties of a glue that coats spider webs causes them to reach out to grab all charged particles, from pollen and pollutants to flying insects.
- Power of the web (thedailystar.net)
- Spider webs reach out to entangle airborne prey thanks to electrostatic glue (wired.co.uk)
- Millions of Spider Webs Blanket Australian Landscape After Flood (enpundit.com)