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Can spiders really count?

A recent issue of Interface Focus examined the idea of convergent minds, which pertains to how distantly related species can think about problem solving in very similar ways. The special issue is a multi-disciplinary investigation ...

dateJul 07, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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3-D printing spiders

Spiders build webs, shelters and egg sacs from fine tough silk fibers. To apply these fibers, they must be properly attached to substrates or other threads and must cope with loading in highly-variable directions.

dateApr 13, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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How strong is an egg?

Why does holding an egg between two hands and pressing along its long axis make it almost impossible to break? Professor Marc Andre Meyers was first puzzled by this as a child growing up in Brazil. He subsequently proposed ...

dateJan 26, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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Video: Tracking data and shark behaviour

Animals often share space as they move through their environment. Capturing these aggregations and co-occurrence events has proven extremely difficult in elusive, wide-ranging animals.

dateJan 13, 2017 in Ecology
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How crabs smell

New research published last week in Journal of the Royal Society Interface examines the sniffing behaviour of terrestrial hermit crabs.

dateJan 20, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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