Recently, Rice University researchers released information noting they’ve found a way to use dead spiders as raw material for robotic grippers. 

The odd discovery was pushed forward by Assistant Professor Daniel Peterson and his research group of mechanical engineers. Peterson and his group reportedly found a dead spider in their lab and questioned why spiders’ legs tend to curl up when they die. 

It was noted spiders extend their legs with hydraulic pressure, which they lose when they die. The research group used a puff of air via a needle to access the hydraulic structure of the spider’s leg, which allowed them to grab objects. 

When speaking about the method they demonstrated above, Preston’s team called it “Necrobotics.” The professor said, “We're not introducing a big waste stream, which can be a problem with more traditional components.” Watch above.