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Materials Science Oct 21, 2020

Innovation spins spider web architecture into 3-D imaging technology

Purdue University innovators are taking cues from nature to develop 3-D photodetectors for biomedical imaging.

Archaeology & Fossils Oct 20, 2020

Peru unveils giant cat etching at famous Nazca site

A giant 2,000-year-old figure of a feline that was on the brink of disappearing will be the new cat's meow when Peru's remarkable Nazca Lines attraction reopens to tourists in November.

Plants & Animals Oct 20, 2020

Insights into a tiny insect that causes big damage

The western flower thrips—an invasive insect that's not much bigger than a pinhead—takes a huge bite out of agriculture around the world, racking up billions of dollars' worth of damage on a wide range of food, fiber ...

Materials Science Oct 19, 2020

Tapping secrets of Aussie spider's unique silk

An international collaboration has provided the first insights into a new type of silk produced by the very unusual Australian basket-web spider, which uses it to build a lobster pot web that protects its eggs and trap prey.

Plants & Animals Oct 08, 2020

A new species of Darwin wasp from Mexico named in observance of the 2020 quarantine period

Scientists at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT) in Mexico recently discovered five new species of parasitoid wasps in Mexico, but the name of one of them sounds a bit weird: covida. Why this name?

Cell & Microbiology Oct 08, 2020

Video: One cell eating another

Watch as these two microscopic, single-celled protozoans (protists), battle it out, resulting in one eating the other. These organisms inhabit almost any body of still water (ponds, lakes, reservoirs) and the oceans, and ...

Plants & Animals Oct 05, 2020

Hunger encourages risk-taking

The lives of animals in the wild are full of risky situations with uncertain outcomes. Whether they are exploring new habitats in unfamiliar terrain or searching for new food sources, they run the risk of being caught and ...

Plants & Animals Oct 01, 2020

Venom glands similar to those of snakes are found for first time in amphibians

A group led by researchers at Butantan Institute in Brazil and supported by FAPESP has described for the first time the presence of venom glands in the mouth of an amphibian. The legless animal is a caecilian and lives underground. ...

Plants & Animals Oct 01, 2020

Spider home invasion season: why the media may be to blame for your arachnophobia

Spiders have an unfortunate media presence. No number of studies emphasising their ecological value or the potential of their silks to inspire wonder materials can overcome the negative press. The more emotive and sensational ...

Astronomy Oct 01, 2020

Very Large Telescope spots galaxies trapped in the web of a supermassive black hole

With the help of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found six galaxies lying around a supermassive black hole when the Universe was less than a billion years old. This is the first time such a close grouping ...

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