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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

Spiders Leave Giant Blanket Of Spiderwebs In Tennessee

Millions of spiders left a half-mile long spider web on the grass and scared residents of North Memphis, Tennessee just in time for Thanksgiving. Perhaps they were late for Halloween but these spiders started crawling into windows and doors of nearby residents.

Animals November 24, 2015

This Male Spider Mutilates Female Genitalia To Stop Future Mating

Researchers found that a certain species of male spiders tear off a part of their female's genitalia to prevent copulation with other spiders. Researchers think that this morbid way of securing paternity security may also be prevalent in other spider species.

Animals November 9, 2015

Watch Spider Being Flushed Out Of Man's Ear [Video]

A video showing a spider being flushed out of a man's ear has been uploaded online. It shows the man's friend using ear drops to remove the arachnid.

Life November 4, 2015

Insect Experts Ask Public Not To Kill Deadly Funnel-Web Spiders

Australian experts called for only trapping the funnel-web spider instead of killing it, delivering it to New South Wales’ Australian Reptile Park afterwards. This is to ensure supply of the critter's life-saving antivenene.

Animals October 14, 2015

Rare Species Of House Spider Discovered In Northern Ireland For The First Time

Funnel-web spiders had long been uncommon in Northern Ireland. A conservation officer, however, was able to discover a rare species of house spider in the said region for the first ime.

Animals October 9, 2015

Passenger Nearly Lost Leg After Being Bitten By Flesh-Eating Spider In Qatar Airways Plane

A lawyer from England considered suing Qatar Airways after an inflight accident nearly cost him his leg. Jonathon Hogg was bitten by a brown recluse spider on board.

Life October 1, 2015

UK Residents Advised To Watch Out For Poisonous Spiders

Mild weather provides ideal condition to spur the population of false widow spider in the UK. Experts offer advise to reduce odds of encountering the spiders at home.

September 14, 2015

Not A Bird, Not A Plane, Not Superman Or Spider-Man But These Selenopid Spiders Can 'Fly'

A new study found that some species of spiders can actually fly and lift itself up in mid-air should they accidentally free-fall. The mechanisms surrounding such unbelievable finding revealed a variety of spiders' aerodynamic abilities.

Earth/Environment August 22, 2015

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