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Spiders in Space

Two weeks ago the University of Colorado College of Engineering sent two orb weaving spiders up in the space shuttle. The spiders’ web building behavior was observed and streamed back to earth, serving as a classroom tool for teaching fifth though ninth graders about the effects of zero gravity. Great idea. Except when scientists opened…

Built by the French performing arts group “La Machine” for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture program a few weeks back, the giant arachnid reaches 15 meters tall and weighs 37 tons. Built from both steel and wood, it utlizes a hydraulic system to move all spider-like and is operated by 12 people all sitting atop…

Using a technique called very high-resolution x-ray computed tomography, researchers at the University of Manchester dissected a 50 million year old spider encased in amber. As reported in Zootaxa, leveraging the same technology used in CAT scans, it can make out features the width of a human hair. In this case, the technique enabled the…

Giant Mechanical Riding Spider

Credit where credit is due. We got this cordial heads-up from the Mondo Spider team in the comments section of the Tate Gallery Spider post: “Big deal. A spider that sits there and does nothing… We built a 1500Lb mechanical spider that we can drive.” That they did. More here as well as on YouTube

Giant Spider Attacks Tate Modern

Famed artist, Louise Bourgeois, clearly had an interesting relationship with her mother. Her new installation at the Tate Modern, Maman (1999) is a giant 30ft sculpture made of bronze, steel and marble and was intended as an “ode to my mother” according to Bourgeois. Inside of the spider’s immense cage-like body, lies a clutch of…

So that title may be a little sensationalistic… but the web is alive this morning (no pun intended) with stories about an enormous series of interconnected webs spread out over a 200 yard area in North Texas. Researchers and visitors alike have been drawn to the sprawling web, but were uncertain whether it was created…

Secrets of Black Widow Silk Revealed

Tougher than steel and Kevlar, the silk of the black widow spider has long been coveted by manufacturing companies, defense contractors and comic-book reading nerds as a possible material of the future. Scientists have spent years decoding pieces of the spiders’ silk making genes, but now Nadia Ayoub and a group of researchers at the…

Where Little Mermaids Fear to Tread

The Antarctic Benthic Deep-Sea Biodiversity Project (ANDEEP) has been working on an unprecedented project to document marine life near the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean. 80% of the isopods identified are entirely new species. Another species, foraminifera, single celled organisms with decorative shells, have also been identified in the waters beneath the North Pole. It…