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Spider venom provides drug delivery route

Kyoto - Japanese scientists have successfully used a re-engineered spider venom peptide as the means to deliver biomacromolecules directly into a cell.

Spiders are top of the global predator chart

Lund - Spiders sit atop of the global predator chart according to a new biological study. This is based on the calculation that spiders consumes 400 million to 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year.

Global spider community eats 4-800 MN tons of insects annually

While some squeamish folks may disagree, it is true that spiders are an essential part of the environment. They are also one of the world's top predators, consuming 400 to 800 million tons of insects annually.

Spider's unique spinning technique inspires tougher materials

The special spinning technique used by a type of venomous spider is the basis for new scientific developments designed to improve materials needed for space travel, according to new research.

Antibiotic spider silk promises improved drug delivery

Nottingham - Researchers are developing a spider silk that has antimicrobial properties, for use with regenerative medicine, wound healing and for drug delivery.

3D printing finds that spiders can hear

Scientists have discovered that jumping spiders, believed to have no hearing faculties, can sense sounds through the hairs on their legs, called trichobothria.

Jumping spiders can react to different sounds

Spiders are known for sensing vibrations in their webs and for other senses. Perceiving sound is not normally associated with arachnids. A new study shows how sound is important to some types of spiders.

Spiders tune their webs to signal to new partners

Oxford - Some species of spider tune their webs to different frequencies in order to catch prey and to attract partners, according to a new study.

Meet Brian, the newest spider discovered in Australia

Brisbane - Just in time for the first World Science Festival, Australian scientists have discovered a new species of spider that is just as much at home in the water as it is on land.

Huge diversity of spiders and other arthropods in homes

What types of spiders and other arthropods are lurking in your home? A new U.S. based study reveals considerable diversity, with up to 500 different species.

New techniques can identify spiders from their webs

Advancements in genetic techniques have led to researchers being able to identify black widow spiders from their webs. The method allows researchers not only to identify the spider, but also its prey.

Man attacking spider mistaken for domestic violence incident

Sydney - Police expected to find a man threatening to kill someone. Instead they witnessed a man's relentless pursuit of a spider.

Vote for Britain’s best-loved insect

London - Insects are an ever-present part of the natural world. While some balk at creepy-crawlies, others like to watch the patterns and behaviors of the myriad of bugs outdoors. A new poll has been launched to find Britain’s favorite insect.

Ocean-going spiders can sail like tiny boats to reach land

When Charles Darwin made his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle, he found spiders "ballooning" across the ocean, fluttering through the air onto the ship's sails. Since then, many a sailor has noticed this as well.

Australian town caught up in curious 'spider rain' phenomenon

Goulburn - Millions of tiny spiders began raining down on a town in New South Wales, Australia a few days ago, almost blotting out the sun and covering everything with their mounds of silken parachutes. Residents didn't know what to think of the "spider rain."

Scientists analyze 500-million-year-old brains of 'sea monsters'

Scuttling around in their Cambrian world over 500 million years ago, two species of hard-shelled, primitive arthropods could have no idea that they would help scientists to better understand how modern arthropods like lobsters and scorpions evolved.

Op-Ed: Ever wonder why you're afraid of spiders? Evolution provides clue

San Jos - When you live in the tropics, the neighbors tend to invite themselves into your house. In my case, sometimes it's a two-toed sloth. Other times it's a beautiful morpho butterfly. And other times it's a large, hairy spider.

Scientists make recombinant spider silk

In a remarkable feat of genetic engineering, scientists have programmed the bacterium Escherichia coli to produce artificial spider silk.

Spiders do not cause human diseases

San Fransisco - Human bacterial pathogens can come from a number of sources. One source that can be eliminated is spiders. A new study shows that spiders are not a major carrier of human pathogenic bacteria.

Researchers discover 30 new spider species

A foray into a rainforest teeming with flora and fauna has already yielded big results — 30 new species of spiders — and that may be just the start.

Dwarf spiders try to keep paternity against rivals

Male dwarf spiders deploy sperm-blocking plugs, according to a new study. The objective is to thwart the reproductive chances of their mate’s subsequent suitors.

African tarantula takes 'Best in Show' for 2014

Coventry - What did the judges look for in determining the prettiest and best groomed tarantula during the 29th annual exhibition of the British Tarantula Society last week? Actually, there are more specifications than one might think.

Spiders enjoy a side dish of pollen with the flies

Exeter - Some spiders are not the pure predators most biologists generally believe. A study has found that some make up a quarter of their diet by eating pollen.

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.

Studying spiders for silk technology

Scientists are studying spiders with the hope of developing super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body.

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.

Photo Essay: Summer buzz gives way to sticky insects Special

Coram - Fall is knocking on the door in NW Montana and winter will swiftly follow. In the final lazy days of summer, these insects are living out their final hours.

New treatment for spider bites

The venom of the brown recluse spider reacts differently in the body to most other spider bites. Researchers are of the view that the discovery could lead to new treatments for spider bites.

House spider survey launched in the U.K.

As an example of 'citizen science', people in the U.K. are being asked to survey the numbers and types of house spiders they get in their homes using smartphone apps.

Photo Essay: Hidden world of insects Special

There are countless different species of insects, some are bothersome to humans, some are of benefit to us, all are a critical component of biodiversity. Pollinators such as bees and wasps are indispensable to humans.
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Clistopyga sp. in action. With its ovipositor  it searches for the host  stings  clings to and paral...
Clistopyga sp. in action. With its ovipositor, it searches for the host, stings, clings to and paralyses it, lays an egg and finally seals any opening in the silken spider nest by using it as a minute felting needle.
Niclas R. Fritzén, Ilari E. Sääksjärvi
Screenshot of video showing  Raining Spiders  in Brazil on Feb. 7  2013
Screenshot of video showing 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil on Feb. 7, 2013
acoisacoisada1/YouTube
Water bowls were bombarded by yellow jackets all summer long. Several would float happily on the sur...
Water bowls were bombarded by yellow jackets all summer long. Several would float happily on the surface on the water for hours.
The Brazilian wandering spider
The Brazilian wandering spider
Flickr user Andreas Kay
Fall time ruler on the way to Stawamus Chief  Squamish  BC.
Fall time ruler on the way to Stawamus Chief, Squamish, BC.
Screenshot of video showing  Raining Spiders  in Brazil on Feb. 7  2013
Screenshot of video showing 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil on Feb. 7, 2013
acoisacoisada1/YouTube
Screenshot of video showing  Raining Spiders  in Brazil on Feb. 7  2013
Screenshot of video showing 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil on Feb. 7, 2013
acoisacoisada1/YouTube
Most Lynx spiders make little use of webs  spending most of their time hunting for prey on plants.
Most Lynx spiders make little use of webs, spending most of their time hunting for prey on plants.
Jon R. Nickles - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This linyphiid spider sails by raising its front legs.
This linyphiid spider sails by raising its front legs.
Alex Hyde
Dragonflies are considered   one of nature s great reproductive success stories   said Corbet  a Bri...
Dragonflies are considered, "one of nature's great reproductive success stories," said Corbet, a British biologist.
It wasn t the best time to take the dogs for a walk.
It wasn't the best time to take the dogs for a walk.
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Orchesella cincta  a common springtail. Photo taken in Ghent  Belgium.
Orchesella cincta, a common springtail. Photo taken in Ghent, Belgium.
Mvuijlst/Wikimedia
There really were millions of the little spiderlings.
There really were millions of the little spiderlings.
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