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Cunning Spider Uses Web 'Slingshot' To Take Down Prey

A triangle-weaver spider traps prey by creating a web that when released, it acts as a catapult or a slingshot. Researchers from the University of Akron in Ohio used high-speed cameras to observe the arachnids.

Animals May 16, 2019

Wasps Turn Spiders Into Zombies By Hacking Into Their Brains

How are zombies made? Scientists find out by observing wasps as they 'zombify' spiders to do the hard work for them and build their pupa's protective webs.

Animals May 1, 2019

Scientists Use Spider Genes And Bacteria To Create Mass Production Process For High-Strength Silk

U.S. researchers developed a novel way of mass-producing spider silk using the animal’s genome and bacteria. If it becomes successful, it will have various applications such as spacesuit repair and bioproduction in space.

Material Science April 4, 2019

New Spider Species Named After 'Star Wars' Stormtroopers

A team of scientists in Colombia discovered a new species of spiders and named it after the fictional soldiers from the 'Star Wars' movie. Now called 'Stormtropis,' the new species had never been seen in the country before.

Animals March 15, 2019

New Study Proves Family Ties Between Horseshoe Crabs And Spiders

Evolutionary biologists identified the creature that has been crawling the earth for nearly 500 million years belong to the Ricinulei group, the arachnids known as hooded tick spiders. Today, the number of horseshoe crabs are diminishing due to the acidification of the oceans.

Animals March 12, 2019

LOOK: Amazon Spiders And Centipedes Prey On Opossum, Snakes

Researchers of a new study released footage of spiders in the Amazon preying on forest vertebrates. They were preying on snakes, opossum, frogs, lizards, and tadpoles.

Animals February 28, 2019

Prehistoric Spiders Dead For 110 Million Years Still Have Glowing Eyes

Fossilized remains of spiders that died 110 million years ago were found trapped in a rock in South Korea. The two specimens still have eyes that glow in the dark.

Animals February 19, 2019

Local Residents Of Rural Brazil Town Report 'Rain Of Spiders'

A man visiting his grandparents in Brazil woke up to hundreds of spiders floating in the sky one sunny morning. According to experts, the spiders built a giant cobweb above ground to catch mosquitos overnight.

Animals January 13, 2019

NASA Captures Images Of Crawling 'Spiders' On Mars

NASA's MRO spacecraft has captured a landscape on planet Mars that features what look like crawling spiders. Scientists call this araneiform terrain. How does it form on the Red Planet?

Space July 13, 2018

Woman Rushed To ER After Being Bitten By Brown Recluse Spider, Finds 50 More In Apartment

A woman was rushed to the emergency room after she was bitten by multiple brown recluse spiders. The woman was unaware the spiders were in her apartment.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 7, 2018

Spiders Fly Using Silk Balloons, And Earth's Electric Fields Give Them A Boost

Scientists have long known that spiders are able to fly through a behavior named ballooning, where they release silk filaments that are carried by the wind. Researchers, however, have proven that spiders can fly by using just Earth's electric fields.

Animals July 6, 2018

Spiders Can Fly: This Is How And When They Take Off

Scientists have found that spiders float in the wind by releasing nanoscale silks that are thinner than light. As it turned out, spiders could even assess if the wind condition is favorable for ‘flying.’

Animals June 15, 2018

99-Million-Year-Old Unlucky Tick Bound In Spider Silk, Immortalized In Amber

Researchers have found an extremely rare fossil of a 99-million-year-old tick wrapped in spider silk and encased in tree resin. The discovery reveals the ancient interaction of an unlucky tick and an uncompromising spider.

Ancient May 29, 2018

Newly Created ‘Super Wood’ Biomaterial Surpasses Strength Of Spider Silk

Researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology produced a material that they said surpassed the strength of spider silk. Called the “super wood,” the material also exceeded the strength of metals, alloys, ceramics, and E-glass fibers.

Material Science May 13, 2018

Trained Regal Jumping Spider Unveils Secrets Of Arachnid Species' Extraordinary Leaps

The Regal jumping spider nicknamed Kim can leap six times the length of her body from a standing start. Here are the reasons why scientists trained her to jump on demand.

Animals May 8, 2018

World’s Oldest Spider Discovered In Australian Outback Dies At Age 43

Australian researchers at Curtin University believed that they have discovered the oldest trapdoor spider in the world. The trapdoor matriarch, however, died while the researchers conducted their long-term population study of the species.

Animals April 28, 2018

Unbelievable Spider With A Tail Found Preserved In Amber

A new ancient arachnid was found preserved in amber. It resembles a spider with a long tail, and the good news is that these arachnids were tiny.

Animals February 6, 2018

New Species Of Cannibal Pelican Spiders Discovered In Madagascar

Pelican spiders are a part of the 'Lazarus' taxon because they were thought to be extinct before they were found alive. In Madagascar, 18 species of the cannibalistic pelican spiders have been newly described.

Animals January 11, 2018

Fear Of Spiders And Snakes Stems From Our Ancestors

Our ancestors coexisted with spiders and snakes for 40 to 60 million years. As a result, we evidently evolved an innate aversion to such creatures.

Animals October 22, 2017

This Spider Looks Like Something Out Of Our Nightmares And It Pumps Blood Via Its Guts

Sea spiders are strange creatures, but the way they circulate blood is even stranger. It turns out that they do so via guts in their legs.

Animals July 11, 2017

Spiders Could Eat Every Person On Earth In Under A Year And Still Crave More

Since spiders were documented to munch on up to 800 million tons of prey each year, the entire human population on Earth, weighed at 300 million tons, would only be a snack for the hungry arachnids.

Animals March 29, 2017

From Foe To Friend: Deadly Funnel-Web Spider Could Help Save Stroke Victims From Brain Damage

A molecule found in the deadly venom of funnel-web spiders can reduce neuron damage after stroke by 80 percent. If successful in human trials, the compound could drastically improve treatment options.

Neuroscience March 21, 2017

Hungry Spiders Eating 800 Million Tons Of Insects Per Year Are Nature's Free Pest Control

The spiders, which consume around 800 million tons of insects per year, are nature's free pest control. They are not alone, however. Many other beneficial insects also exist to prevent the overpopulation of harmful insects in the environment.

Animals March 17, 2017

Spiders Gobble Up 800 Million Tons Of Prey Every Year: Study

Spiders around the globe consume about 400 to 800 million tons of prey every year, according to a new study. These findings show the critical role of spiders in maintaining ecological balance in different habitats.

Animals March 15, 2017

Giant Spiders In The Spotlight: 3 New Species Of Bird-Eating Tarantulas Discovered

Researchers have discovered three new species of hairy tarantula spiders in the genus Avicularia. These massive tarantulas live in trees and feast on small birds and mammals.

Animals March 11, 2017

Not Recluse: Scientists Devise Method To Tell Difference Between Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Skin Cancer

Think you got bitten by a brown recluse spider? A team of researchers in the United States invented a new mnemonic device to help you avoid misdiagnosis and tell the difference between a spider bite and skin cancer.

Public Health February 17, 2017

Eriovixia Gryffindori: 'Harry Potter' Sorting Hat Inspires Name Of New Spider Species

Three scientists in India named a new species of spider after Godric Gryffindor, the original owner of the sorting hat in 'Harry Potter.' What are the characteristics of this newly named arachnid?

Animals December 17, 2016

Stuff Of Nightmares: Watch Oversized Huntsman Spider Drag A Mouse In Australia [Video]

The video of a huntsman spider carrying a mouse has amazed the internet in no more than a few hours since it was posted. The occurrence took place in Australia.

Animals October 24, 2016

Jumping Spiders Can Hear At A Distance Even Without Ears: Study

Disproving the conventional knowledge that spiders can only detect nearby sounds, a Cornell University study has found spiders as capable of hearing sounds at a distance despite not having ears.

Animals October 15, 2016

This Woman Who Crashed Her Car Because Of A Spider Is All Of Us

A woman driving in Portland, Oregon got into a car crash, totaling her vehicle when she noticed a spider hanging from her rearview mirror.

Viral September 23, 2016

Rare Delight: 200 Montserrat Tarantulas Hatch At British Zoo [Video]

After careful study and breeding, about 200 Montserrat tarantulas successfully hatched at Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom. Zookeepers are ecstatic about the rare and momentous event.

Animals August 12, 2016

Millions Of Spiders Escaping Floodwaters Cover Trees In Silk

Floodwaters in northern Tasmania are causing millions of black spiders to escape to treetops, covering them in silk in an event called 'ballooning.' The record heavy rains in Launceston result in major floods and coax millions of spiders toward higher grounds.

Animals June 10, 2016

Tarantula Venom May Provide Pain Relief From Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Spider venom has helped researchers target a protein involved in transmitting mechanical pain, the type felt by patients of irritable bowel syndrome. This helped scientists better probe pain signaling in the body.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 7, 2016

New Species Of Peacock Spiders Found In Australia

Seven new species of peacock spiders,which continue to fascinate biologists and science lovers with their bright colors and unique courtship rituals, were recently discovered in Western and South Australia. The spiders belong to the genus Maratus.

Animals May 31, 2016

If You Forgot What Terror Was Like ... It's The Trap-Jaw Spider - With Lightning Strike!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the web, the trap-jaw spider strikes its prey with an ultra-fast attack. Here is how the arachnid pulls it off!

Animals April 7, 2016

Fossil From 305 Million Years Ago Gives Scientists A Glimpse Of The Earliest Possible Known Spider

When did the spider begin to make silk and build a web? A fossil of what could be the earliest possible known spider might answer the question.

Animals March 31, 2016

Spiders Have More Diverse Diet Than Previously Thought

Contrary to popular belief, spiders like to snack on leaves and saps too. An international team of zoologists documented plant-eating spiders around the world except in Antarctica where no vegetarian activity was observed.

Life March 15, 2016

New Australian Spider Brian Can Swim And Catch Toads

Australian arachnid Brian is part of a new species of spiders with an affinity for surfing waves. This water spider has some amazing abilities, and luckily, poses no threat to humans.

Animals March 10, 2016

Male Spiders Tie Up Their Mates During Sex To Avoid Getting Eaten Afterwards

Why do male spiders practice bondage during sex? It turned out that this sexual behavior of spiders is part of their goal to stay alive - or not fall victim to cannibalism.

Earth/Environment February 26, 2016

Rare Horrid Ground Weaver Spider Photographed Alive For The First Time

The horrid ground-weaver, one of the rarest spiders in Britain, was photographed alive for the first time. The habitat was saved from development after a successful fundraising by Buglife.

Earth/Environment February 11, 2016

Black Tarantula Named After Singer Johnny Cash Among 14 New Spider Species Found In The US

Dark, charismatic and brooding -- these are words to describe famous country singer Johnny Cash, and apparently a new spider species is as fascinating as him, too. A black tarantula found among 14 new spider species in the United States is now named after the musical icon.

February 5, 2016

Your Home Likely Hosts About 100 Insects And Lice: Here Are Some Of Them

You need not call pest control, but a new study in the United States found that the average American home contains an average of 100 arthropods. Luckily, some of them are somehow harmless.

Animals January 20, 2016

No, Spider-Man Can’t Do Everything A Spider Can

A Harvard researcher has shown that there’s actually not a lot of spider in Spider-Man. This further disproved (in case anyone still believes) the plausibility of animal characteristics being transferred with a bite.

Geek December 12, 2015

Police Respond To Alleged Death Threats And Woman Screaming In Domestic Dispute -- Find Man And A Spider

Harbourside Police were alerted about an on-going domestic violence in a Wollstonecraft apartment block. Police officers who arrived at the scene finds only a man armed with a can of insecticide and big dead spider

Internet Culture November 27, 2015

Black Widow Spider Webs Reveal Genetic Secrets Of Spiders And Their Prey

Researchers collected genetic material from black widow spiders and their prey by studying spiderwebs. The scientists highlighted the greater benefits and ease of genetic sequencing using this method compared with traditional sampling methods.

Animals November 27, 2015

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