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orb-weaving spider
2014-08-21 07:17:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Living in the city can have its benefits – especially if you’re an arachnid, according to new research reporting that some types of spiders grow larger and have increased reproductive capabilities in urban areas. Writing in the latest edition of the journal PLOS ONE, scientists from the University of Sydney School of Biological Sciences explain that golden orb-weaving spiders tended to have smaller bodies when they lived in...

orb weaver spider genetics
2014-07-21 03:30:56

Harvard University Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins For decades, the story of spider evolution went like this: As insects became more and more diverse, with some species taking to the skies, spiders evolved new hunting strategies, including the ability to weave orb-shaped webs to trap their prey. From that single origin, the story goes, orb-weaver spiders diverged along different evolutionary paths, leading to today, where...

Lover Or Fighter? Spider's Job Type Depends On Personality
2014-06-18 08:51:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We all know that our personality type can affect how well we perform our job, but does the same principle apply to other species? According to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it does apply to spiders – as a team of researchers has found aggressive spiders are better at killing prey and defending the colony, while docile spiders excel at caring for the baby spiders. The study focused on Anelosimus...

New Secrets Of Spider Venom Revealed
2013-08-30 09:22:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University of Arizona and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon has found the venom of the brown recluse and other spiders in the genus Loxosceles produces a much different toxic reaction in the body than previously thought. The finding could eventually lead to more effective anti-venoms, study researchers said. The venom of the brown recluse bite contains a protein that can result in the formation of...

Synthetic Spider Protein Future Of Anti Venoms
2013-05-10 08:51:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists say they have engineered a spider protein that could be the start of a new generation of anti-venom vaccines, with the potential to save thousands of lives worldwide. Researchers from the Universidade Federal de minas Gerais in Brazil say the new protein, created from parts of the toxin from the reaper spider, may be a promising candidate for developing therapeutic serums or vaccines against other venoms. Part of a family...

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...

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...

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2008-08-07 15:20:09

The ability to work together and capture larger prey has allowed social spiders to stretch the laws of nature and reach enormous colony sizes, University of British Columbia zoologists have found. The findings, published in this week's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, may also explain why social spiders thrive in tropical areas but dwindle with increasing latitude and elevation. "The size of organisms tends to be constrained by a scaling principle scientists call...

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2008-03-26 10:30:00

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Spain and Croatia led an investigation into the peculiar lifestyle of numerous spider species, which live, feed, breed and "Ëœwalk' in an upside-down hanging position. According to their results, such "Ëœunconventional' enterprise drives a shape in spiders that confers high energy efficiency, as in oscillatory pendulums. These results will appear in this week's issue of PLoS ONE. The great majority of land animals evolved to...


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