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  • Australian Spider Venom Found to Kill Cancer, Leave Healthy Cells Unharmed

    10/06/2018 11:04:36 AM PDT · by JonnyFive · 44 replies
    NN ^ | 06/10/18 | Jay Greenberg
    Scientists have made a breakthrough discovery in the fight to cure cancer after finding that the venom from a deadly Australian spider can actually kill melanoma cells while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed.
  • Giant spider-web cloaks land in Aitoliko, Greece

    09/19/2018 5:26:36 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 Sept 2018
    "It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party. They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation... "The spiders will have their party and will soon die."
  • Spiders Can Fly Thousands of Miles With Electric Power

    07/05/2018 5:31:12 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 5 July 2018 | Becky Ferreira
    Charles Darwin was onboard the HMS Beagle. He marveled at spiders that had landed on the ship after floating across huge ocean distances. “I caught some of the Aeronaut spiders which must have come at least 60 miles,” Darwin thought that electricity might be involved when he noticed that spider silk stands seemed to repel each other with electrostatic force... Peter Gorham, a physicist at the University of Hawaii, calculated that it was theoretically possible for spiders to use their silk to conduct static electricity as a means to fly, but Morley’s team is the first to confirm this in...
  • We Just Found Out Spiders Can Use Electricity to Fly Through The Air

    07/05/2018 11:01:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 73 replies
    ScienceAlert ^ | Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Jacinta Bowler
    Sometimes, when it rains or when they feel the urge to migrate, spiders get out their little silk knapsacks, and balloon away. This ballooning behaviour is well understood by spider scientists, but researchers have recently discovered that electric fields can not only trigger the behaviour, but also provide lift – even without the slightest breeze... They travel via the atmospheric potential gradient (APG), an electric circuit between Earth and the ionosphere - the part of Earth's upper atmosphere that's ionised by solar radiation. Thunderstorms act like a giant battery for the APG, charging up and maintaining the electric fields in...
  • Man discovers black widow spider in broccoli at Ohio Kroger

    06/16/2018 4:42:16 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 45 replies
    WIS TV ^ | June 15th 2018 | Victoria Dugger
    Sometimes you might find a stray bug or worm in your produce, but a dangerous black widow spider? Believe it. That was the case for Jacob Vaughn, who bought a bunch of fresh broccoli at Kroger in Maumee, only to find a large arachnid alive and acting feisty on the vegetables. The South Toledo man said he discovered the spider while washing off the broccoli before cooking it when "the spider came out and started waving his hands. It was pretty obvious he was alive since he was throwing his hands in every direction. He did not seem pleased." Vaughn...
  • Remarkable spider with a tail found preserved in amber after 100 million years

    02/05/2018 1:43:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    phys.org ^ | February 5, 2018 | University of Kansas
    The Cretaceous arachnid Chimerarachne yingi was found trapped in amber after 100 million years. Credit: University of Kansas ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ An extraordinary new species of arachnid, resembling a spider with a tail, has been discovered in amber from Myanmar (formerly Burma), of mid-Cretaceous age, around 100 million years ago. The finding is described in a paper appearing Monday in Nature Ecology & Evolution by an international team including Paul Selden of the Paleontological Institute and Department of Geology at the University of Kansas and colleagues from China, Germany, Virginia and the United Kingdom. "There's been a lot of amber being produced...
  • Man Attempting to Kill Spider Reportedly Sets Apartment on Fire, Causes $11,000 in Damages

    01/10/2018 9:55:04 AM PST · by Bratch · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 9, 2018 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    A California man who reportedly attempted to kill a spider using a torch lighter wound up destroying more than a small insect. The Redding Record Searchlight reports that the unidentified resident of the Redding apartment complex tried to kill a wolf spider with a torch lighter but ended up setting fire to a mattress. Fire officials say the fire spread from the mattress to several flags and curtains inside the man’s bedroom. It also torched a bedroom closet but did not spread to any other apartments in the complex.  
  • He Set a Spider on Fire. But the Spider Got Even (Apartment Burned in Fire)

    01/08/2018 4:26:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | JANUARY 08, 2018 | Don Sweeney
    A do-it-yourself extermination gone off the rails Sunday ended up ousting residents from a California apartment. A man set fire to a spider in the Redding apartment with a torch lighter, reported The Record Searchlight. “It was a huge wolf spider,” Lyndsey Wisegarver, a caregiver for one of the tenants, told the publication. The flaming arachnid scuttled onto a mattress in an upstairs bedroom, setting it abalze as well, she said. The tenants extinguished that fire, but by then it had spread to a flag collection and window curtains. By the time firefighters arrived around noon, the blaze had spread...
  • First images from Lockheed's experimental, telescope-shrinking SPIDER

    08/05/2017 2:08:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 8/3/17 | David Szondy
    First images from Lockheed's experimental, telescope-shrinking SPIDER David Szondy August 3, 2017 Cross cut view of a SPIDER array (Credit: Lockheed Martin) View gallery - 3 images If asked to think of a telescope, most people will picture a long tube with a lens at either end. But a new experimental optical instrument developed by Lockheed Martin could usher in ultra-thin devices that weigh 90 percent less than typical telescopes while providing equivalent resolution. The first images captured by the Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-Optical Reconnaissance (SPIDER) have now been revealed. Lockheed Martin today released the first images from...
  • Monster spider the size of DINNER PLATE traps terrified couple inside their home

    07/27/2017 8:36:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 27th July 2017 | By Tom Towers
    The fearsome arachnid – nicknamed Aragog – was snapped by Lauren Ansell in Queensland, Australia. Laura and her partner could not access their barbecue as the huge huntsman spider was blocking the back door. She said it reacted badly when they tried to move it from the glass on Sunday night. Laura said: “(The spider) was preventing us from using our barbecue. “We made it unhappy as we tried to move it so we could cook. “My boyfriend tried to squish it in the door but the spider was smart. “The door only claimed two of its legs and it...
  • A four-hour erection and then death: The fate awaiting any man bitten by deadly spider

    07/27/2017 6:09:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 24 June 2015 | By Gemma Mullin
    A family have been left terrified after fearing one the world's deadliest spiders has taken residence in their home after entering Britain in a bunch of bananas. Michaela Egan, 24, from Rainham, Essex, noticed a suspicious white spider cocoon on a bunch she bought had from her local Tesco four days earlier and took a picture of it. She posted the image on her Facebook page and friends suggested it could be a Brazilian wandering spider, whose venom gives male victims a painful four-hour erection before killing them. The mother-of-two immediately put it in a sealed bag and returned it...
  • Redback v snake: Extraordinary moment a spider takes on a brown serpent caught in its web [tr]

    02/15/2017 10:57:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Nelson Groom
    It is nature’s David versus Goliath battle – a redback spider squaring off with a much larger brown snake. Extraordinary footage has surfaced of the moment the spider won a duel to the death with a reptile who slithered too close to its web. The vision of the two deadly creatures has made a splash on social media, where commenters voiced their astonishment at the underdog victory.
  • Woman Totals Her Car When She Finds Spider on Rearview Mirror

    09/22/2016 5:53:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | 21 Sep 2016
    An eight-legged passenger caused a rollover crash Wednesday in Portland, Oregon that totaled a car, according to local authorities. The driver lost control after a spider fell from the rearview mirror, causing her to panic and swerve off the road into a ditch, reported news station WSBT.
  • Email 'Arachnophobes love them': Sydney scientist's 'adorable' spider discovery

    05/27/2016 11:46:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    A Sydney scientist has discovered seven new species of peacock spiders — a tiny and colourful arachnid that lurks in scrub and bushland across southern Australia. Key points: The spectacular creatures are found all over Australia Scientist believes there are now 48 confirmed species of spider Their movements and colours help attract females The man who made the discovery, Jurgen Otto, said he believed even the most extreme arachnophobes would be enchanted by the beauty of the creatures, which are just a few millimetres in length. Audio: Listen to Jake Sturmer's story on AM (AM) "They're just absolutely incredible. People...
  • SPIDER! Scream!!!!

    05/19/2016 9:33:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | May 19 2016 | wowk
    Bryan Hughes just couldn't handle this spider. video only on link
  • 'Hey everyone!': Spider-Man finally makes his entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in [tr]

    03/10/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2016 | Ross McDonough
    It's the moment all Marvel fans have been waiting for. Spider-Man has finally made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the final trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Released on Thursday, the new two-and-a-half minute clip closes with the much anticipated face-off between Chris Evans' Cap and Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man.
  • Spider Kills Snake in a Battle Between Australia’s Deadly Animals

    02/12/2016 1:29:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The National ^ | February 12, 2016
    A spindly spider took on a brown snake and won in an Australian bush battle of deadly animals. Farmer Patrick Lees, from Weethalle about 400 kilometres west of Sydney, said he found the spindly-looking 'daddy-long-legs' spider with the snake on Saturday. 'The snake was already dead, I made sure of that before I took the photo,' he said about the snake which is known for its deadly venom.
  • Terrified neighbours call police to 'domestic dispute' - but find man alone screaming at SPIDER

    11/28/2015 1:54:46 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 242 replies
    Mirror [UK] ^ | 26 Nov 2015 | Ruth Halkon
    Terrified neighbours phoned the police after hearing a woman screaming hysterically and a man yelling: “I’m going to kill you”. But when officers arrived at the address they discovered the flat's sole occupant had been trying to catch a SPIDER . The shamefaced man admitted he had been shouting death threats at the arachnid and had been the person behind the high pitched screaming. According to New South Wales police in Australia, they received multiple calls about the sound of crashing furniture and a man screaming: “I’m going to kill you, you're dead! Die Die!!”.
  • Man starts gas station blaze trying to kill spider with lighter

    09/29/2015 9:24:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 99 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | September 30, 2015 | Taryn Asher
    CENTER LINE, Mich. - A man tried to kill a spider at a gas station using a lighter causing a dangerous fire. Using a lighter to kill the bug, he started a blaze that quickly engulfed the gas pump.
  • Spiders sprayed with carbon nanotubes spin superstrong webs

    05/06/2015 8:29:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-06-2015 | by Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers working in Italy has found that simply spraying a spider with a carbon nanotube solution can cause the spider to spin stronger webs. In their paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their experiments with both graphene and nanotube solutions and what happened when they sprayed it on ordinary spiders. As the researchers note, while silk production using silkworms has been quite successful, doing the same to harvest silk from spiders has not, (because of their territorial traits, the complex nature of the silk they make and their cannibalistic tendencies) which...