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The leading spider scientists have long been flabbergasted by two things: 1) Why they aren’t swimming in women with their own condominiums and 2) why some spiders seem to cover their otherwise see-through webs with junk. The scientists may now have an answer to question two, the one that, unfortunately, does not add to their…

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…