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(Medium)   Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's a ballooning spider powered by electrostatic forces   (medium.com) divider line 17
    More: Weird, negative charges, electrostatic force, electric fields, spiders  
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2013-09-23 08:52:29 AM
And the winner of the first one to defy gravity goes too...

the spider.
 
2013-09-23 08:55:25 AM
Flying electrical spiders. I'll repeat that: Flying. Electrical. Spiders.

Sleep well.
 
2013-09-23 08:56:53 AM
Spider thread!

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Skr
2013-09-23 08:58:46 AM

So I was going to search for a Charlotte's Web picture (toward the end of the animated film where the wee lil babies start flying away "Gooodbye!") but the search was surprising full of other spiders.



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Salutations!
 
2013-09-23 09:22:08 AM
And no picture of a spider with a balloon in the article.
 
2013-09-23 09:30:31 AM
I'm so excited I can hardly wash.
 
2013-09-23 10:18:06 AM
Oh man, next month is spider ballooning month out here. I cant wait to get covered in floating spider web.
 
2013-09-23 10:55:59 AM

Skr: So I was going to search for a Charlotte's Web picture (toward the end of the animated film where the wee lil babies start flying away "Gooodbye!") but the search was surprising full of other spiders.


Up until today I thought that scene was due to poetic license, I had no idea that real spiders did that.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-09-23 11:27:52 AM
Hypothetically speaking, if I rub my wool socks on a carpet and touch an arachnophobe's head, will the electric charge draw spiders from miles around to land on her face?
 
2013-09-23 11:37:35 AM
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2013-09-23 11:55:33 AM

ZAZ: Hypothetically speaking, if I rub my wool socks on a carpet and touch an arachnophobe's head, will the electric charge draw spiders from miles around to land on her face?


Make sure the carpet is nylon and it should work.
 
2013-09-23 12:29:56 PM
Does this also explain how spiders can build a web 20 feet up between trees that are 25 or so feet apart?

/watched a spider crawl along a thread between a 2 cabinets about a foot above the Secretary's desk. No idea how the thread got from one to the other
 
2013-09-23 12:51:52 PM
He says that one idea put forward in the 1830s is that the spiders use electrostatic forces to lift them into the air. However, this idea was rapidly rejected by biologists who claimed that thermal currents could provide all the necessary lift.

That's some good sciencing there Lou.
 
2013-09-23 03:03:11 PM
www.keelynet.com
 
2013-09-23 04:24:29 PM
This is, of course, how the get in your ear to lay eggs, without you knowing it.

Until the eggs hatch.
 
2013-09-23 06:33:39 PM
Neato!
Nature sure is swell.
 
2013-09-24 01:10:27 AM
That was cool!

Thanks subby!
 
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