Discerning males remain faithful
Discerning males remain faithful ... if you are a spider. Sex for male orb web spiders (Argiope bruennichi) is a two shot affair since the act of mating destroys their genitalia. If they survive being eaten ...
From spider webs to tangled proteins, researcher finds connections between mathematics, molecules and materials
If anyone were going to discover the connections between molecular structures, mathematical concepts and musical scores, its not surprising that Markus Buehler would be the one. He has built his career ...
Spider silk conducts heat as well as metals, study finds
Xinwei Wang had a hunch that spider webs were worth a much closer look.
Urban light pollution and its impact on nocturnal activity
Researchers in Germany have discovered that urban light pollution not only limits the visibility of stars, but also plays havoc with nocturnal animals that depend on a compass-like pattern of polarised light ...
New partnership looks to industrialize spider silk production
Spider silk glue inspires next-generation technology
(PhysOrg.com) -- Water affects orb spider web glue differently than cobweb glue. Orb web glue reacts to humidity, but cobweb glue resists it. These findings by a University of Akron research team inspire the ...
Web weaving skills provide clues to aging
Young house spiders weave webs with perfect angles and regular patterns, but as they reach old age their webs deteriorate, showing gaping holes and erratic weaving.
Scientists crack the spiders' web code
(PhysOrg.com) -- Decorative white silk crosses are an ingenious tactic used by orb-weaving spiders to protect their webs from damage, a new study from the University of Melbourne has revealed.
Ecological adaptation likely to influence impacts of climate change
Animals' capacity to adapt is a factor in how they are likely to respond to changing climate conditions.
Scientists untangle spider web stickiness
Ali Dhinojwala and Vasav Sahni consider themselves materials scientists, not biologists. They study surfaces, friction and adhesion. Nevertheless, they have discovered that understanding how nature makes things ...
Giant spiders cast webs over river using super biomaterial
(PhysOrg.com) -- The antithesis of the itsy-bitsy spider, Caerostris darwini, a giant orb spider and namesake of Charles Darwin, weaves a web of super strength never before seen, says Dr. Todd Blackledge, Leucht ...
Researchers discover spider webs' true 'sticking power' (w/ Video)
The secret of a brilliant evolutionary development, spider web glue, has been discovered by University of Akron researchers.