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Jumping Spider Hears Distant Sounds

Narrated by: Jamie Renell
Length: 4 mins
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Accidental chair squeaks in a lab have tipped off researchers to a new world of eavesdroppers. Spiders don’t have eardrums, though their exquisitely sensitive leg hairs pick up vibrations humming through solids like web silk. Biologists thought airborne sounds more than a few centimeters away would be inaudible. But the first recordings of auditory nerve cells firing inside a spider brain suggest that the Phidippus audax jumping spider picks up airborne sounds from at least three meters away.

"Jumping Spider Hears Distant Sounds" is from the November 12, 2016 issue of Science News.

©2014 Science Service (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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