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Parasitoid wasps may turn spiders into zombies by hacking their internal code
A hijacked hormone may zombify spiders, altering their web-spinning behavior to favor wasp parasites. (2019-04-29)
How cortisol affects exposure therapy for anxiety disorders
Bochum-based psychologists have studied how the application of the stress hormone cortisol affects exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. (2019-04-25)
Global warming hits sea creatures hardest
Global warming has caused twice as many ocean-dwelling species as land-dwelling species to disappear from their habitats, a unique Rutgers-led study found. (2019-04-24)
Seven seconds of Spiderman viewing yields a 20% phobia symptom reduction
As the Marvel Avenger Endgame premieres in movie theaters this week, researchers have published a new article in Frontiers in Psychology which reveals that exposure to Spiderman and Antman movie excerpts decreases symptoms of spider and ant phobias, respectively. (2019-04-23)
Glowing millipede genitalia help scientists tell species apart
Researchers studying near-identical species of millipedes found a new way to tell them apart: shining a blacklight on them. (2019-04-18)
Hold the mustard: What makes spiders fussy eaters
It might be one of nature's most agile and calculating hunters, but the wolf spider won't harm an insect that literally leaves a bad taste in its mouth, according to new research by a team of Wake Forest University sensory neuroscientists, including C.J. (2019-04-15)
Giant Antarctic sea spiders weather warming by getting holey
Scientists have wondered for decades why marine animals that live in the polar oceans and the deep sea can reach giant sizes there, but nowhere else. (2019-04-10)
New pathways for sustainable agriculture
Diversity beats monotony: a colourful patchwork of small, differently used plots can bring advantages to agriculture and nature. (2019-04-08)
Bacterial factories could manufacture high-performance proteins for space missions
Nature has evolved protein-based substances with mechanical properties that rival even the best synthetic materials. (2019-04-02)
How the brain fights off fears that return to haunt us
Neuroscientists have discovered a group of neurons that are responsible when a frightening memory re-emerges unexpectedly, like Michael Myers in every 'Halloween' movie. (2019-04-01)
Effective fear of heights treatment without a therapist using virtual reality
A fully self-guided treatment using virtual reality (VR) is effective in reducing fear of heights. (2019-03-25)
The most aggressive spider societies are not always the ones that flourish
Evolutionary biologists at McMaster University who study the social lives and behaviour of colony spiders -- some of which are docile, others aggressive -- have found that the success of their cooperative societies depend on their neighbours. (2019-03-25)
Climate change affecting fish in Ontario lakes, University of Guelph study reveals
Researchers have found warmer average water temperatures in Ontario lakes over the past decade have forced fish to forage in deeper water. (2019-03-22)
Nature hits rewind
The study of evolution is revealing new complexities, showing how the traits most beneficial to the fitness of individual plants and animals are not always the ones we see in nature. (2019-03-19)
As uniform as cloned soldiers, new spiders were named after the Stormtroopers in Star Wars
Despite being widely distributed across north and central South America, the small family of similarly looking bald-legged spiders had never been confirmed in Colombia. (2019-03-14)
Study confirms horseshoe crabs are really relatives of spiders, scorpions
By analyzing troves of genetic data and considering a vast number of possible ways to examine it, University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists now have a high degree of confidence that horseshoe crabs do indeed belong within the arachnids. (2019-03-08)
U-M biologists capture super-creepy photos of Amazon spiders making meals of frogs, lizards
Warning to arachnophobes and the faint of heart: This is the stuff of nightmares, so you might want to proceed with caution. (2019-02-28)
Jumping spider mimics two kinds of ants as it grows
Spiders that pretend to be ants to fool predators have an unusual problem when it comes to sex. (2019-02-27)
New tarantula species from Angola distinct with a one-of-a-kind 'horn' on its back
A new to science species of tarantula with a peculiar horn-like protuberance sticking out of its back was recently identified in central Angola, a largely underexplored country located at the intersection of several Afrotropical ecoregions. (2019-02-12)
Ancient spider fossils, surprisingly preserved in rock, reveal reflective eyes
A new paper in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, coauthored by a KU researcher, describes fossil spiders found in an area of Korean shale called the Lower Cretaceous Jinju Formation. (2019-02-12)
The widow next door: Where is the globally invasive noble false widow settling next?
The noble false widow spider, Steatoda nobilis, native to Madeira and the Canary Islands, has been introduced accidentally to countries around the globe, causing considerable concerns. (2019-02-11)
DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors
Researchers have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. (2019-02-08)
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. (2019-01-30)
Assessing the airborne survival of bacteria in aerosol droplets from coughs and sneezes
The airborne transmission of diseases including the common cold, influenza and tuberculosis is something that affects everyone with an average sneeze or cough sending around 100,000 contagious germs into the air at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. (2019-01-22)
Broading the biodiversity catalogue of spider populations in the Iberian Peninsula
The biodiversity catalogue of the Iberian Peninsula spiders is now adding the discovery of a dozen new species -from seven different families- that are mainly found in edaphic environments (soil), according to an article led by Professor Miquel Àngel Arnedo, from the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) of the University of Barcelona. (2018-12-18)
Molecular insights into spider silk
Spider silk belongs to the toughest fibres in nature and has astounding properties. (2018-12-07)
Study explains how geckos gracefully gallop on water
Geckos are amazingly agile. In addition to running across land and up trees, the animals can prance across the surface of water. (2018-12-06)
Mammal-like milk provisioning and parental care discovered in jumping spider
Recently, researchers at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences report milk provisioning in Toxeus magnus (Araneae: Salticidae), a jumping spider that mimics ants. (2018-11-29)
Newly discovered wasp turns social spiders into zombies
It sounds like the plot of the world's tiniest horror movie: deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly discovered species of wasp transforms a 'social' spider into a zombie that abandons its colony to do the wasp's bidding. (2018-11-27)
NUS study explains how a spider and a pitcher plant can benefit from collaboration
Two recent studies by ecologists from the National University of Singapore have shed light on the relationship between the slender pitcher plant and its 'tenant', the crab spider Thomisus nepenthiphilus, providing insights to the little known foraging behaviours of the spider. (2018-11-11)
Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land
Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. (2018-11-06)
An end to arachnophobia 'just a heartbeat away'
Researchers have discovered that exposing people with phobias to their fear -- for examples, spiders for those who have arachnophobia -- at the exact time their heart beats, led to the phobia reducing in severity. (2018-10-30)
UMass Amherst research shows spider eyes work together to track stimuli
Using a specially designed eye-tracker for use with spiders, biologists Elizabeth Jakob, Skye Long and Adam Porter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, along with colleagues in New York and New Zealand, report in a new paper that their tests in jumping spiders show a secondary set of eyes is crucial to the principal eyes' ability to track moving stimuli. (2018-10-24)
ASU team unravels key mysteries of spider silk
Scientists at ASU are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin -- weight for weight -- at least five times as strong as steel. (2018-10-23)
Biodiversity for the birds
Can't a bird get some biodiversity around here? The landscaping choices homeowners make can lead to reduced bird populations, thanks to the elimination of native plants and the accidental creation of food deserts. (2018-10-23)
Mystery of how black widow spiders create steel-strength silk webs further unravelled
Northwestern University and San Diego State University researchers have better unraveled the complex process of how black widow spiders transform proteins into steel-strength fibers. (2018-10-22)
High-tech breakthrough in snakebite antivenom
Researchers from DTU, Cambridge, and Costa Rica have cracked the code to produce experimental snakebite antivenoms based on human antibodies. (2018-10-02)
New study probes the ancient past of a body plan code
Researchers from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have opened a window on another piece of evolutionary biology. (2018-09-27)
Social animals have tipping points, too
Quantitative tools developed in math and physics to understand bifurcations in dynamical systems could help ecologists and biologists better understand -- and predict -- tipping points in animal societies. (2018-09-18)
Ants surrender their venomous secrets
Venoms produced by snails, snakes, scorpions and spiders contain numerous bioactive compounds that could lead to therapeutic drugs or insect-specific pesticides. (2018-09-12)
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