spiders

In The Future, Spider Silk May Help Grow Your Replacement Heart

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how spider silk is this crazy wonder material that may soon find its way into everything from electronics to ultra-strong fabrics. Now, there’s another reason to be excited about spider silk: doctors might one day use the stuff to grow you a new heart.


This Incredible Robotic Arm Prints Plastic Like A Spider Makes Silk

Robotic arms have been around for years, 3D printers have been around for decades, and we’ve even seen 3D printers attached to robotic arms before. But this… is different.


This Spider Catches Prey With A Web Of Electrically Charged SilkĀ 

Not all spider silk is created equal. Some spiders spin webs of wet, sticky silk. Others like the Uloborus spider have fluffy webs made of nanoscale filaments. But those fluffy webs are just as good at catching prey, likely thanks to their electrostatic charge.


If You Don't Want A Smashed Phone, Don't Text And Walk

Unfortunately for me and anyone within my general vicinity, I’m so clumsy that I should be considered handicapped. I regularly stub my toes, walk into walls, spill full cups of tea, trip over my own feet and just generally wreak havoc anywhere I seem to go.

With this in mind, I am the last person on earth who should text and walk. But I do. All the time.


Four-Acre Spider Web May Be The Grossest Thing You'll See This Week

This report on a four-acre spider web covering a building has made shiver and curl in disgust. You are looking at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant, where a good chunk of their facility was covered by a web made by an estimated 107 million spiders. That’s 35,176 spiders per cubic metre!


The Legs On This Puppy-Sized Spider Are 30cm Long

Have you had any nightmares, lately? Would you like some? Then you’ll love the South American Goliath birdeater. This furry spider is the size of a puppy, and thanks to hard claws on the tips of its foot-long legs, it makes a horrifying clicking sound when it scampers through the forest.


A Spider Apparently Crawled Inside This Australian Man's Body For Three Days

An Australian man’s holiday to Bali took a dark turn last week after he discovered a painful red line forming above his belly button. At first, doctors told 21-year-old Dylan Thomas that it was just an insect bite. Then the line started to grow. It was apparently a spider burrowed into his belly.


Australian Study: Our Hot, Bright Cities Are Spawning Gigantic Spiders

File this one under: Oh HELL no. While we know that our ever-industrialising lifestyles make survival tough for animals like birds and mountain lions, in at least one case urbanisation is helping a species to thrive. Thanks to the artificial conditions we create, our cities are growing ultrafertile megaspiders.


Scientists Discover That Spiders Kill And Eat Fish Too

A new research paper just published in the scientific journal Plos One brings us new fuel for nightmares: Spiders not only eat other insects but also kill and eat fish often much larger than them. And it’s not only one or two species but many species at a global scale.


How Spiders Tune And Play Their Webs Like Strings On A Guitar

This short animation explains how spiders detect and distinguish between the vibrations and pitches travelling up and down their webs. This helps them find prey and identify potential mates.