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Plants & Animals May 22, 2019

How can spiders locate their prey?

A study published today by Dr. Beth Mortimer and colleagues at the Department of Zoology and University Carlos III of Madrid reveals that orb weaving spiders can compare 3-D vibrational inputs into their 8 legs from the web ...

Space Exploration May 21, 2019

Novespace microgravity experiment to make Zero-G Spider-Man

Gravity: We can live with it, and it turns out we can live without it, for a little while anyway.

Nanophysics May 20, 2019

'Spidey senses' could help autonomous machines see better

What if drones and self-driving cars had the tingling "spidey senses" of Spider-Man?

Plants & Animals May 24, 2019

New research shows that mites and ticks are close relatives

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Natural History Museum in London have reconstructed the evolutionary history of the chelicerates, the mega-diverse group of 110,000 arthropods that includes spiders, scorpions, ...

Environment May 24, 2019

Soil communities threatened by destruction, instability of Amazon forests

The clearing and subsequent instability of Amazonian forests are among the greatest threats to tropical biodiversity conservation today.

Nanophysics May 20, 2019

Hard carbon nanofiber aerogel becomes superelastic

Conductive and compressible carbon aerogels are useful in a variety of applications. In recent decades, carbon aerogels have been widely explored by using graphitic carbons and soft carbons, which show advantages in superelasticity. ...

Plants & Animals May 02, 2019

Spider venom is a dangerous cocktail

Spider venom does not only consist of neurotoxins but also of a multitude of dangerous constituents. Researchers of the University of Bern present a summary of many years of spider venom research in a new study and show how ...

Plants & Animals May 15, 2019

Bumps on peacock spider make dark spots super-dark

A team of researchers with members from Harvard University, the University of Bonn, the University of Denmark and Yale University has identified bumps on the abdomens of male peacock spiders that make their dark-colored patches ...

Plants & Animals Apr 29, 2019

Parasitoid wasps may turn spiders into zombies by hacking their internal code

Parasitoid wasps lay their eggs on a spider's back. This team proposes that by injecting the spider host with the molting hormone, ecdysone, the wasp induces the spider to make a special web for the wasp's pupa.

Plants & Animals May 13, 2019

Catapulting spider winds up web to launch itself at prey: study

Just when you thought spiders couldn't get any more terrifying.

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