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Other Sep 23, 2023

Saturday Citations: Cutting the middleman out of spider silk synthesis; hungry black holes; Osiris-Rex is back!

This week, we reported on spider silk synthesis without spiders, and how policymakers are pursuing a wish-based approach to a global economy under climate change—what the kids call "manifesting" a green-growth future. Plus, ...

Ecology Sep 22, 2023

Large fossil spider found in Australia

A team of Australian scientists led by Australian Museum (AM) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) paleontologist Dr. Matthew McCurry have formally named and described a fossil spider, Megamonodontium mccluskyi, which ...

Plants & Animals Sep 21, 2023

Jewel of the forest: New electric blue tarantula species discovered in Thailand

In an exciting discovery, a new species of tarantula with electric blue coloration was found in Thailand.

Evolution Sep 21, 2023

A fossil jumping spider's 15-million-year journey

Jumping spiders (Salticidae) are a recently evolved family of spiders. They are known for their distinctive large eyes and ability to jump long distances relative to their small size. Australia has about 1,200 to 1,500 species ...

Biotechnology Sep 20, 2023

Spider silk is spun by silkworms for the first time, offering a green alternative to synthetic fibers

Scientists in China have synthesized spider silk from genetically modified silkworms, producing fibers six times tougher than the Kevlar used in bulletproof vests.

Other Sep 16, 2023

Dead spider claws and 'anal-print' toilets: 2023's Ig Nobels

Reanimating dead spiders to use them as robot claws, licking rocks, backwards talking and a toilet that scans "anal-prints": this year's Ig Nobel prizes again put a spotlight on the quirky side of science.

Other Sep 15, 2023

Repurposing dead spiders, counting cadaver nose hairs win Ig Nobels for comical scientific feats

Counting nose hairs in cadavers, repurposing dead spiders and explaining why scientists lick rocks, are among the winning achievements in this year's Ig Nobels, the prize for humorous scientific feats, organizers announced ...

Plants & Animals Sep 13, 2023

Some spiders can transfer mercury contamination to land animals, study shows

Sitting calmly in their webs, many spiders wait for prey to come to them. Arachnids along lakes and rivers eat aquatic insects, such as dragonflies. But, when these insects live in mercury-contaminated waterways, they can ...

General Physics Sep 11, 2023

The universe caught suppressing cosmic structure growth

As the universe evolves, scientists expect large cosmic structures to grow at a certain rate: dense regions such as galaxy clusters would grow denser, while the void of space would grow emptier.

Plants & Animals Sep 11, 2023

The Venom spider: New genus named after Marvel character

Tom Hardy and his Marvel character Venom have given their names to a newly-discovered Australian spider. The genus Venomius and its only current species Venomius tomhardyi were described following an expedition to Tasmania.

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