How Flying Spiders "Fly"

I know there are species of spiders that can jump, now spider can fly, sort of.
This is a short article, but there's two elements I'll remember from it:
First, finding has been obtained through collaboration between disciplines (math, biology, physics, ecology).
Second, they mention briefly that this phenomenon could be used by farmers as natural pesticide (as spiders feed on insects, a flock of them could be "airborne" on target fields).
That's cool.

You thought crawling ones were bad enough. Researchers have developed a new model that explains how spiders are able to 'fly' or 'parachute' into new territory on single strands of silk � sometimes covering distances of hundreds of miles over open ocean.

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Rija Ménagé

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