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Understanding The Mysteries Of Spider Silk
2013-01-28 19:02:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists are unraveling the mysteries of what makes the fiber that spiders spin five times as strong as piano wire. A team from Arizona State University found a way to obtain a wide variety of elastic properties of the silk from several spiders' webs using non-invasive laser light scattering techniques. "Spider silk has a unique combination of mechanical strength and elasticity that make it one of the toughest materials we...

Black Widow Stowaways Make It To England
2013-01-15 10:00:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Onlinebla In certain parts of the U.S. — Arizona, for example — black widow spiders are quite common. While this familiarity might not make them any less frightening, people in these areas are at least aware of the tiny eight-legged predators and know how to respond when they happen to cross paths with one of these potentially deadly arachnids. Recently, however, these spiders have been showing up in some very unusual...

Cyclosa Spider Hunts With Decoys
2012-12-20 20:08:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While salt licks may be one intelligent ploy by man to attract deer for hunting, its got nothing on the method used by one Amazonian arachnid. One tiny spider in the Peruvian Amazon builds an elaborate decoy spider, and hangs it from its web in order to trick predators into getting stuck in its web. The artful dodger takes it time crafting up decoys from dead insects, debris and leaves as what scientists suspect is a defense...

Arachnid Expert Discovers 33 New Species of Spider
2012-12-20 13:14:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Finding a new species of animal can be an inspiring and exhilarating experience. But can you imagine multiplying that exhilaration by 2, by 5, or by 10? What about by 33? If you are Professor Jason Bond, a trapdoor spider expert, you probably did just multiply that exhilaration by 33. That´s because the Auburn University Museum of Natural History researcher has just published a report on his discovery of 33 new trapdoor...

8 Legs And A Baby
2012-10-13 05:32:33

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The idea of the stay-at-home-dad has been getting its legs lately. Sure, we started off with quaint 80´s comedies, like ℠Mr. Mom´ and ℠Three Men and a Baby´, but, like the subject of this article, we are slowly evolving past focusing on the hijinx and silliness of the situation and viewing the caring paternal relationship in a more real light. We have experts, pundits and private-citizens who are arguing the...

2012-10-13 04:00:37

MyCleaningProducts recommended to the public the use of its non-toxic spider spray when clearing the arachnids in the houses. The company made the recommendations in its new published article. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012 A spider spray can make a spider infestation either a failure or a success. Misinformation can have the same effect. And so to help homeowners implement a truly effective house spider elimination, MyCleaningProducts published a post about the top three house spider...

Harnessing Spider Silk For Use In Biosensors, Lasers And Microchips
2012-10-11 11:55:27

Researchers at Frontiers in Optics 2012 describe ways to use natural silk for implantable optics, compostable lasers, and microfibers integrated into photonic chips Spiders use their silk to catch lunch. Now physicists are using it to catch light. New research shows that natural silk could be an eco-friendly alternative to more traditional ways of manipulating light, such as through glass or plastic fiber optic cables. Two teams independently exploring possible applications for the...

Amber Catches 100 Million-year-old Spider Attack
2012-10-09 04:32:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Oregon State University have found an extraordinarily rare fossil. Trapped in amber is what the research team describes as the only example of a spider attack on prey caught in its web — a 100 million year old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time. Found in the Hukawng Valley of Nyanmar, the fossil dates from the Cretaceous between 97 and 100 million years ago. Giving some evidence to oldest examples of spider...

Spider Glue Used For Two Types Of Webs
2012-10-03 10:56:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The common house spider is creepy, no doubt. It is also inspiring, at least according to scientists from the University of Akron. Researchers there have been inspired to find new and better ways to develop adhesives for human applications as diverse as wound healing and industrial strength tape. Consider being able to use the same adhesive to help heal a fractured collar bone and create "ouch-free" bandages. Polymer scientists and...


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Skeleton Tarantula, Ephebopus murinus
2014-08-29 11:32:08

The Skeleton Tarantula (Ephebopus murinus) is a species of spider belonging to the Theraphosidae family, a sub-family of Aviculariinae. This New World species is native to several South American countries. Its common name comes from the skeleton-like markings on its legs. The generic name, Ephebopus comes from the Greek meaning “youthful” plus “foot”, and the specific name, murinus is from the Latin meaning “mouse-colored”. The adult E. murinus normally grows to a leg span of...

Cobweb Spider, Theridiidae
2014-06-23 08:44:11

Theridiidae is a family that contains over 2,200 species of cobweb spiders, also known as tangle-web spiders or comb-footed spiders, which can be found throughout the world. This species received its common names from its tendency to build three dimensional, sticky webs and from the comb of serrated bristles on the fourth leg. It is thought that this family is the only to hold a high diversity of web types, including gumfooted webs, which are highly similar to those produced by spiders in the...

Wolf Spider, Lycosidae
2014-06-23 08:30:31

Lycosidae is a family that holds about 2,300 species of wolf spiders that can be found in a variety of habitats including woodlands, gardens, and moist coastal areas. Many species do require specific microhabitats, like montane herb-fields, but most species are nomads and do not reside in one area for long periods of time. Some species within this family build burrows that can have trap doors or open entrances, while others in arid regions build nests with plugged entrance ways, to protect...

Funnel Weavers, Agelenidae
2014-06-19 13:16:37

Agelenidae is a family that holds about 1,200 recognized species of funnel weaver spiders that occur throughout the world. These spiders build funnel shaped webs that trap prey in their complicated patterns, but they should not be confused with other families of spiders that build funnel webs like funnel-web spiders or funnel-web tarantulas. Funnel weavers can reach an average body length between .1 inches in the smallest species and .7 inches, although the largest species can reach total...

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2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and Hawaii. They inhabit warmer areas and can often be seen entering human habitations and other shelters...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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