Consumption threat to vulnerable species: study
The developed world's insatiable appetite for products like coffee and timber is threatening the survival of one in three vulnerable animal species in poor countries, according to an Australian study.
Vampire jumping spiders identify victims by their antennae
Evarcha culicivora jumping spiders, also known as vampire spiders, are picky eaters by any standards. Explaining that the arachnid's environment is swamped with insects, Ximena Nelson from the University of Canterbury, New Ze ...
Spider invasion spooks Indian village
Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists.
Spider guitar dazzles with style and sound (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) -- Massey University mechatronics professor Olaf Diegel made his dream come true when he created a series of colourful 3D-printed electric guitars with latticed bodies adorned with spiders and butterflies. ...
The Auburn Tiger trapdoor spider: New species discovered from college town backyard
Researchers at Auburn University have reported the discovery a new trapdoor spider species from a well-developed housing subdivision in the heart of the city of Auburn, Alabama. Myrmekiaphila tigris, affectionately referred ...
Untangling the mysteries of spider silk
Spiders weave a web even more tangled than originally thought at least on the nanoscale level, according to a new study performed at the U.S. Department of Energys (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.
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 ...
Egg Cetera #4: Mayonnaise and the making of masterpieces
In the fourth report of our Egg Cetera series on egg-related research, conservator Spike Bucklow describes how far the simple egg has extended the richness and splendor of paintings.
Scientists develop ultra-thin solar cells
Austrian and Japanese researchers on Wednesday unveiled solar cells thinner than a thread of spider silk that are flexible enough to be wrapped around a single human hair.
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 ...
Mites form friendly societies
For plant-inhabiting predatory mites, living among familiar neighbors reduces stress. This allows individuals to focus on other tasks and be more productive, in particular while they are foraging. The new study by Markus ...
Spider mite genome sequence establishes tools to tackle pest resistance
(PhysOrg.com) -- The tiny two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae (only 0.3 mm in size) is a destructive worldwide pest that attacks more than 150 diverse crop plants, including tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, flowers, ...
Japan scientist makes violin strings from spider silk
A Japanese scientist said he has made violin strings out of spider silk and claims that -- in the right hands -- they produce a beautiful sound.
Spider silk conducts heat as well as metals, study finds
Xinwei Wang had a hunch that spider webs were worth a much closer look.