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Scientists in England trained a tiny spider to jump on command, but they didn’t do it just for the bragging rights.

The University of Manchester researchers trained the spider, a cute little arachnid they named Kim, because they wanted a better understanding of how spiders jump — so they can create spiderlike robots that one day might be used to kill crop-eating insects.

“There are lots of different spiders, and they are doing a good job in nature,” said Mostafa Nabawy, a roboticist at the university and the lead author of a paper about the research published May 8 in the journal Scientific Reports. “If we have armies of spider-inspired robots, instead of using harmful pesticides we can use them to hunt the pests.”

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By studying how a spider jumps, researchers can build robots that mimic the extraordinary abilities of arachnids.University of Manchester

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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/why-scientists-trained-tiny-spider-jump-command-ncna873396

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