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Review: TIFF 2019: ‘Spider’ shows you can never really escape the past Special

‘Spider’ is a complex story in which the past and present collide when a couple’s former ally returns and threatens to reveal the skeletons in their closets.

World's oldest known spider dies in Australia -- of wasp sting

Sydney - The world's oldest known spider has died at the ripe old age of 43 after being monitored for years during a long-term population study in Australia, researchers said Monday.

100 million-year-old spider with a tail found trapped in amber

Paris - Two teams of scientists on Monday unveiled a "missing-link" species of spider with a scorpion-like tail found perfectly preserved in amber in Southeast Asia's forests after at least 100 million years.

Doctors find huge spider in woman's ear after she napped outside

Hebbal - A 49-year-old woman took a nap on her veranda and she woke up with a headache. It turned out to be a large spider inside her ear.

This male spider destroys female genitalia to stop future mating

We've all heard that spider mating rituals are fraught with danger, especially for the males. Sometimes the female gets the munchies afterward, and he turns into a snack. Sometimes the male "castrates" himself, plugging the female to stop future mating.

Noise in woman's ear was caused by a spider weaving a web

Xiamen - A woman ended up seeking out medical attention for noises that only she could hear. When doctors examined her, they found a live spider in her ear canal.

Spider bites off genitals after mating

After having sex, the male coin spider chews off its own genitals. In the past, the emasculation was just considered a strange evolutionary phenomenon.

Pop singer finds spider living inside her ear

British pop singer Katie Melua went to the doctor on October 27, because she heard a rustling in her ear. It turned out to be a spider living in her ear.

GM silkworms made to spin super-strong silk

Silk is of great value but it does not always make for the robust clothing. Scientists have genetically engineered silk worms to manufacture a tough, strong and durable form of silk.

Woman charged with arson after trying to set spider on fire

A woman from Kansas is facing an arson charge after she lit a small fire with towels in order to catch a spider and kill it.

How to keep a female spider happy? A gift-wrapped present

What is the best way for a male spider to mate with a female spider? Bringing along food wrapped in silk does the trick, according to a new study.

Woman scared to sleep in bedroom after false widow spider bit her

A housewife is too scared to sleep in her own bedroom because she ended up in intensive care after she was bit by a false widow spider.

Grapes infested with Black Widow Spiders found in some states

Black Widows have been discovered in grapes across the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

Deadly spiders hatch in woman's banana

A woman in the United Kingdom was halfway done with a banana when she noticed some spots on the skin. It ended up being spiders.

The top 8 microscopic images you'll ever see

Every year, Nikon sponsors a contest for microscopic images to showcase "the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope." Here are some of the entrants for this year's contest, from terrifying spiders to awe-inspiring minerals.

Remarkable image: 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attacking A Wasp

An entomologist has come across a remarkable specimen of amber, in which a fossilized spider is shown attacking a wasp. The piece of amber is over 100 million years old.

Small rare spider becomes a roadblock in San Antonio Texas

A rare spider species, believed to be extinct in the last 30 years, was found in road infrastructure work in Bexar County in San Antonio. The finding caused a major delay in the project, becoming a roadblock in the area's busiest intersection.

New 'Bigfoot' spider discovered

A new, very long-legged species of spider, dubbed 'Bigfoot', has been found in southwest Oregon by a group of citizen explorers.

Chinese doctors remove spider in woman's ear canal after 5 days

A woman who reported at China's Changsha Central Hospital, complaining about itching in the left ear, was terrifed when doctors told her that the cause of the itching was a spider that had been living in her ear canal for five days.

Newly discovered spider named after Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, the distinguished naturalist and wildlife documentary film maker, has received the honor of having a newly discovered species named after him: an Australian spider.

Woman claims she found spider in Chef Boyardee ravioli meal

Mims - A Florida woman says she received an unexpected, and very unpleasant, surprise when she opened a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli for lunch. As she bit into one of the pasta pockets, she alleges a large spider was inside.

Researcher makes violin strings out of spider silk

A researcher at a Japanese university has created violin strings from spider silk, and many people are impressed by the sounds.

Scientists discover 'most stretchable' spider silk in Italy

Spiders are well-known for their ability to spin webs which are strong and made of adhesive qualities, however one spider has been discovered to possess the "most stretchable" egg sac silk tested to date.

Man uses spider webs to create works of art

A New Jersey man spends a lot of time outdoors, collecting the central pieces for his works of art - the webs of spiders.

Brown recluse spiders may expand US range due to global warming

Lawrence - Brown recluse spiders, known for their necrosis-inducing bite, may expand to other part of the US due to global warming, a new report shows, leading to a possible increase of bite misdiagnoses already occurring outside the spider’s endemic area.

Spiders cause Mazda recall

Yellow-sac spiders, who like to build webs in the emission systems of Mazda6 cars, have led to a recall of about 65,000 vehicles.

Man burns himself trying to kill a spider

Clacton - A man who was trying to kill a spider in his bathroom was blown off his feet and ended up in hospital with flash burns to several areas of his body.

Katipo spider bites sunbathing tourist’s penis

After a nude romp in the waves at Northland Beach in New Zealand, a tourist got more then he bargained for when a Katipo spider bit him on the penis as he sunbathed au naturel at a popular spot for locals and vacationers.

Researchers discover giant spider just in time for Halloween

It can grow to the size of the average human hand and is exactly what you would picture an overtly large spider to look like.

Vegetarian Spider Identified by American Researchers

Researchers recently identified the world's first vegetarian spider in the jungles of Central America. The spider's diet consists almost entirely of plant buds.
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A scene from TIFF 2019 selection   Spider
A scene from TIFF 2019 selection, 'Spider'
TIFF
The captured spider in a thick plastic box.
The captured spider in a thick plastic box.
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Green Bottle Blue (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens)
YouTube - Jan. 7  2013.
Green Bottle Blue (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) YouTube - Jan. 7, 2013.
Marita De La Pena
The female Katipo spiders have a distinctive black body with a white bordered red stripe on its back...
The female Katipo spiders have a distinctive black body with a white bordered red stripe on its back. North of 39°15'S females do not have a red stripe and are all black. The male is much smaller than the female and quite different in appearance, being white with black stripes and red diamond shaped markings. Unlike many spiders the female Katipo does not kill its mate after breeding.
Wikipedia
A wasp s unique adaption of the ovipositor.
A wasp's unique adaption of the ovipositor.
Niclas Fritzén, Ilari E. Sääksjärvi
The Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis) is a spider species of the family Pisauridae.
The Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis) is a spider species of the family Pisauridae.
Mathias Krumbholz
Jumping spider s eight eyes. Jumping spiders have some of the best vision among arthropods and use i...
Jumping spider's eight eyes. Jumping spiders have some of the best vision among arthropods and use it in courtship, hunting, and navigation.
Karthik Easvur
IMG_2110 - Spider  packaging ant (cropped image)
IMG_2110 - Spider, packaging ant (cropped image)
The only fossil ever discovered that shows a spider attacking prey in its web
The only fossil ever discovered that shows a spider attacking prey in its web
Oregon State University
The cobalt blue tarantula  scientific name Haplopelma lividum  is a tarantula species (family Therap...
The cobalt blue tarantula, scientific name Haplopelma lividum, is a tarantula species (family Theraphosidae) that is native to Myanmar.
Peter Coxhead
Sir David  with his spider
Sir David, with his spider
AAP
Scientists are still discovering new species of Jumping spider; this male Habronattus mataxus photog...
Scientists are still discovering new species of Jumping spider; this male Habronattus mataxus photographed at Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi, Texas. is not quite full-grown.
Thomas Shahan/Flickr.com
The Dolomedes briangreenei is the newest addition to the arachnid world.
The Dolomedes briangreenei is the newest addition to the arachnid world.
Queensland Museum
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Eathpod
Goliath Birdeater
Goliath Birdeater
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Aphonopelmas (anax or hentzi) from Independence Creek  SW Texas
Aphonopelmas (anax or hentzi) from Independence Creek, SW Texas
Dallas Krentzel
Picture of a spider in its web - Spider is in focus
Picture of a spider in its web - Spider is in focus
Lytro - Eric Cheng
A spider in a web  from an English garden.
A spider in a web, from an English garden.
Katipo spider is an endangered species of spider native to New Zealand.
Katipo spider is an endangered species of spider native to New Zealand.
Wikipedia
British garden spider  spinning a web across a lawn.
British garden spider, spinning a web across a lawn.

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